August 26 Bible reading

25 08 2018

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

August 26  Psalm 103:1-12  2 Corinthians 1:1-11  2 Chronicles 26; 27; 28

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

In Psalm 103, David sings with his whole heart a thanksgiving to the Lord for bringing him from being sinful, ashamed, sick, dissatisfied, doomed, and decaying to become forgiven, crowned, healed, satisfied, redeemed, and renewed. Repeatedly we see God described as “compassionate, merciful, slow to anger, and filled with unfailing love.” Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians church starts with relating the truth that when we are comforted by God we can help others find the same. We must look to God as the source of comfort, no longer relying on ourselves but now relying on God. We will discover that this process is part of God’s purpose for us. King Uzziah started out by seeking guidance from God and doing what was right. When he became powerful, pride set in and he stepped into the work of the priest, breaking God’s instructions. This resulted in leprosy. His son, the new king, Jotham became powerful because he was careful to obey the Lord. His son Ahaz rebelled turning to idolatry and worshiping other gods in the Temple. He suffered violent consequences and still refused to return to God. Rebellion and its consequences continued.


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