2018 Day 272 – Obadiah 1

The short book of Obadiah is the prophecy that God gave to him to share.  It begins with talk about what will happen to Edom.  “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’” (Obadiah 1:3)  There are many instances in the Holy Scripture that explain to us God’s dislike for a haughty attitude.  “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)  “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” (James 4:6)  It is easy to get an arrogant attitude sometimes, but James lets us know what the reward will be for staying humble.  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)

Today’s reading: Obadiah 1

 

2018 Day 271 – Proverbs 26-27

As kids I’m sure we all heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.  God’s word tells us something different.  “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” (Pro 26:20-22)  James also compares words spoken to fire.  “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” (James 3:5)  The power of our words does not have to be used in a negative way.  “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 26-27

2018 Day 270 – Psalms 114-116

The Psalmist knew that our Heavenly Father deserves all the honor that we can give Him.  “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalms 115:1)  Paul stressed this same point to the Romans.  “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)  Jesus told us how we can help give glory to Him.  “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)

Today’s reading: Psalms 114-116

 

2018 Day 269 – 2 Chronicles 6-10

With all the knowledge that he had, Solomon recognized that there were still things only God knew.  “then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind,” (2 Chronicles 6:30)  It is easy for us to think we know someone’s heart or motive, but Jesus also said that only God can do that.  “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:14-15)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 6-10

2018 Day 268 – Numbers 25-28

Moses received a rather severe punishment for not following God’s command.  “The LORD said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel. When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing to uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)” (Numbers 27:12-14)  Our punishment for sin could be just as severe without the saving power of the blood of our Savior.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Today’s reading: Numbers 25-28

 

2018 Day 267 – Acts 1-2

During Peter’s sermon at Pentecost he was asked a question by some in the crowd.  “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” (Act 2:37)  He did not hesitate in answering them.  “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'” (Act 2:38)  Of all the multitude that heard Peter’s sermon, only a portion of them obeyed.  “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Act 2:41)

Today’s reading: Acts 1-2

 

2018 Day 266 – Philemon 1

Paul’s epistle to Philemon is a short one in which he makes a plea for a man who was converted to Christianity.  “I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)” (Philemon 1:10-11)  The name Onesimus actually means profitable or useful.  If you were named based on your character traits, what would your name be?  Would it be a name that you were proud of?

Today’s reading: Philemon 1

2018 Day 265 – Amos 5-9

Amos brought God’s word to the Israelites at a time when they were rebelling against Him.  “For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: ‘Seek me and live;'” (Amos 5:4)  We do not have a prophet to tell us, but we have something just as reliable.  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)  The Hebrew writer explains that when we seek, we must have faith in what we are seeking.  “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Today’s reading: Amos 5-9

 

2018 Day 264 – Proverbs 25

Solomon was blessed with great wisdom and riches yet he knew staying humble was God’s will.  “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen” (Proverbs 25:6)  He warns us that getting an arrogant attitude will cause problems.  “Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 18:12)  The prophet Micah brought words from God to the people that also included instruction on living with a humble attitude.  “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 25

2018 Day 263 – Psalms 111-113

There are many beatitudes found in the book of Psalms.  “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!” (Psalms 112:1)  God’s commandments are something we should be happy to follow.  In the first Psalm we read that in addition to delighting in God’s word, we should also meditate on it.  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalms 1:1)  The more we focus our minds on His word the better we will understand and appreciate it.  John tells us that these are signs that we love our Heavenly Father.  “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:2)

Today’s reading: Psalms 111-113