2018 Day 148 – Luke 7-8

Jesus told a crowd of people the parable of the sower and the four types of soil.  Later His disciples asked Him the meaning of the parable.  He explained to them that the seed was the word of God and the soils were types of people.  Which soil we are depends on how we respond to God’s word.  There is only one type of soil that we would want to be described of us and that is the last one.  “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)  Just like with farming, even good soil requires work to keep it good.  We should daily cultivate our soil with God’s word.

Today’s reading: Luke 7-8

2018 Day 147 – 2 Corinthians 11-13

Paul endured his share of sufferings while working for the Lord.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 11 he lists some of this trials he has been thru.  Then in the following chapter we read how he stayed content no matter what kind of burden was cast on him.  “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)  In his letter to the Philippians he also shares his secret for contentment.  “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)

Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 11-13


2018 Day 146 – Lamentations 1-5

In a book with the name Lamentations, it is expected to read of much sorrow.  Jeremiah is thought to be the author of these miseries of Jerusalem.  He speaks of how drastically times have changed for the people.  “Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and wandering all the precious things that were hers from days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was none to help her, her foes gloated over her; they mocked at her downfall.” (Lamentations 1:7)  But about half way thru his lamenting, we see a positive turn.  “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)  Some of these words may be familiar to you from song lyrics that you have been singing.  These words were penned about a time when God’s people had sinned and were suffering greatly.  But they recognized that they had to turn back to and serve Him.  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”  The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3:24-26)

Today’s reading: Lamentations 1-5


2018 Day 145 – Job 41-42

After God had challenged Job with some tough questions, we see the response.  Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.  You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.‘” (Job 42:1-3)  It took some hard questions straight from God’s own voice, but Job was completely humbled.  He realized that his knowledge was nothing compared to the knowledge of the One who created everything.  Paul told the Corinthians (and us) something very similar.  “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.  But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:2-3)

Today’s reading: Job 41-42


2018 Day 144 – Psalms 60-62

We all want people in our lives who we can depend on when we have trouble.  David had his share of people who turned against him, but he knew that no matter how many times he was betrayed by a man he always had the best source of help available.  “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. (Psalms 60:11 KJV)  The ESV translates this verse a little differently, “Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!”  Jesus also tells us about man’s saving power verses God’s saving power.  “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Mat 19:25-26)

Today’s reading: Psalms 60-62

2018 Day 143 – 2 Samuel 20-24

In 2 Samuel chapter 22 we read a song of David praising God for His deliverance of David from his enemies.  This song is also in Psalms 18 with some slight differences.  One of the things David is thanking God for is making his walk easier.  “For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness.” (2 Samuel 22:29)  “He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.” (2 Samuel 22:34)  “You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip;” (2 Samuel 22:37)  David knew that he sometimes made mistakes and needed help daily to stay on track.  We also need help with our daily walk.  If we are looking in the right place we can find that help.  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 20-24


2018 Day 142 – Exodus 29-32

After Moses had been up on the mountain for a while, the people got impatient.  They wanted Aaron to build them a god.  He obliged and built them a golden calf from jewelry that they brought to him.  We are told that Aaron told them to bring him this gold and also that he was the one who carved the calf. (vs. 2-4)  When Moses came down from the mountain and questioned his older brother about it, the story was a little different.  “And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.  For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’  So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” (Exodus 32:22-24)  Aaron places the blame on the people for making him do it and then claims the calf just happened to come out of the fire.  This was a man who had been left in charge of the people, but gave into their desires after just a few days.  It takes strength to stand up for truth when one is in the minority, but our desire should be to please God and not the majority.  “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23-24)

Today’s reading: Exodus 29-32

2018 Day 141 – Luke 5-6

Do you remember the children’s song about the wise and foolish men each building a house?  The basis for that song comes from the mouth of our Savior.  “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49)  We can also read a similar passage in Matthew 7:24-27.  In the song it is fun to sing how that foolish man’s house went ‘splat’.  In real life, it is not fun to be that foolish man who Jesus is talking about not following His word.

Today’s reading: Luke 5-6

2018 Day 140 – 2 Corinthians 9-10

We see many agricultural analogies used in God’s word.  Paul uses one to tell the Corinthians about giving.  “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)  This comparison is valid not only for giving of our material blessings, but of our time, energy, and talents as well.  God has blessed each one of us in different ways but all for the same purpose.  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 9-10

2018 Day 139 – Jeremiah 47-52

Jeremiah chapter 52 describes the destruction of Jerusalem.  We are told many of the details about the temple being destroyed, down to even the day that it happened.  “In the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, who served the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem.  And he burned the house of Jehovah, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great house, burned he with fire.” (Jeremiah 52:12-13)  As terrible as it was for this building to be destroyed, God’s power was not affected.  “But it was Solomon who built a house for him.  Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,” (Acts 7:47-48)  Each of us have a temple of God that we need to protect and honor.  “Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 47-52