2018 Day 292 – Proverbs 31

We receive blessings from our Heavenly Father that are too numerous to count.  Some of these blessings are intended to help others.  “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)  “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9)  No matter how great we are blessed in this life, it will not compare to the life we can have with Him in Heaven.  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)  Jesus warns us that love for God and love for money cannot go together.  “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Trusting in the riches of this world and not trusting in God will sooner or later cause us great disappointment.  “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 31

 

2018 Day 291 – Psalms 120-121

Have you ever needed help with something but did not know who to turn to for the solution?  The Psalmist tells us that he turns to the one who never sleeps.  “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalms 121:1-4)  The Hebrew writer also points us toward the best helper.  “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6)  That Helper will never leave us if we do not leave Him.  “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Today’s reading: Psalms 120-121

 

2018 Day 290 – 2 Chronicles 21-24

Joash became king when he was very young and he was influenced in a positive way by the priest.  “And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.” (2 Chronicles 24:2)  But it proved that Joash’s faith was rooted in that of Jehoiada.  “Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them. And they abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs.” (2 Chronicles 24:17-18)  Unlike Joash, each of us should have our own faith in Lord.  Paul tells us to check that faith and make sure it is strong and well grounded.  “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 21-24

 

2018 Day 289 – Deuteronomy 1-3

As the Israelites were taking over the promised land, Moses reminded Joshua how they were able to accomplish this great feat.  “You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22)  When some seemed to doubt Jesus power to raise a young girl from the dead, He also encouraged them to not be afraid.  “But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’” (Mark 5:36)  Just like David expressed in that famous 23rd Psalm, we can be assured that if we walk in the Lord’s path He will be with us always.  “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 1-3

 

2018 Day 288 – Acts 7-8

As Christians were being persecuted by Saul and others, they made good use of the opportunities given them.  “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4)  There is similar opportunity for us in what we know as the Great Commission.  “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18)

Today’s reading: Acts 7-8

2018 Day 287 – Hebrews 8-10

Jesus warned about causing others to stumble.  “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)  Instead of stirring up trouble, the Hebrew writer gives us something better that we can stir.  “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Today’s reading: Hebrews 8-10

 

2018 Day 286 – Micah 1-7

The prophet Micah prophesied about some bad things that would happen, but he knew where to look for the solution to all problems.  “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)  Jesus also encouraged us to focus our energy toward that same source of strength.  “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34)

Today’s reading: Micah 1-7

 

2018 Day 285 – Proverbs 29-30

We have a proverb that reminds us where we can find protection.  “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)  There is a psalm that makes a very similar statement.  “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalms 18:30)  Jesus tells us that for that true and perfect word of God to be of any benefit to us, we must live by it.  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 29-30

 

2018 Day 284 – Psalms 119

In the longest chapter of the Bible, the Psalmist asks a question and then promptly gives us the best answer.  “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” (Psalms 119:9)  His advice works for not just young men, but everyone who follows it.  Later he makes another famous statement about God’s word.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:105)  Isaiah tells us that we do not have to worry about that guiding word ever being changed or destroyed.  “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

Today’s reading: Psalms 119

2018 Day 283 – 2 Chronicles 16-20

Jehoshaphat appointed judges and gave them instructions on how they were to judge.  “Now then, let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the LORD our God, or partiality or taking bribes.” (2 Chronicles 19:7)  Paul also told us thru his letter to the Colossians how we should act toward our just God.  “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. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Colossians 3:23-25)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 16-20