September 11 Bible reading

11 09 2018

Please join me today in prayer for God’s miracle grace & peace for those who lost loved ones on September 11th 2001. My own family and friends felt loss on that day. Recently my daughter asked me about my own thoughts and experiences from that day. A surprising flood of emotions came with the memories. Over the 6 years following 9/11, I spent 14 months in NYC and met many people who were grieving. I am reminded that Jesus was often “moved with compassion”. This means that he suffered with those who were suffering. Let us weep with those who weep. Let us offer a smile and maybe an encouraging word. The love of Jesus gives hope.

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.

September 11  Psalm 106:40-48  2 Corinthians 12:1-10  Isaiah 27; 28

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

The Israelites spiritual idolatry brought an angry response from God and consequences. When they cried out to God, He remembered His covenant agreement with them and, by His unfailing love, He pulled back the punishment.

Paul refers to an indescribable vision that he had, of heaven. Hearing from God revelation of truth was not something Paul would brag about. Instead, He pointed to the power of God seen in the fact that anything good could come despite his human weakness. By God’s Word, Paul learned to see spiritual strength in natural weakness. He was happy to see difficulty in this life as leading him to strength.

Isaiah describes an apocalyptic scene of God’s final judgment and a restoration of His people in to worship. Drunkenness obscures their ability to hear from God. They are called to listen and to watch for the coming Messiah, a “precious cornerstone”. If they will believe, they will not need to be shaken.

 


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