October 13 Bible reading

12 10 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.

October 13  Psalm 119:25-32  2 Thessalonians 1  Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

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

What should you do about that truth?

On our worst days, we can sing to God. Cry out of grief, discouragement, and depression. Ask God to help us with reality and help us understand the way God’s Word is a guide to navigate it.

The church in Thessalonica had found “hardship as a pathway to peace” in following Jesus. They were growing in their faith and their agape love for each other. Paul, Silas, and Timothy celebrated their faithfulness, endurance, and spiritual growth. They asked God to give the Thessalonians the grace and ability to live in a way that pleases God. We need the daily help of God to live out a “Thank You” to Jesus for salvation. Choosing to love each other we can grow stronger spiritually. All of this is helped by expecting the return of Jesus.

Jeremiah had to deal with false prophets, and their message (that people would be safe from God’s judgment of sin). Religion would not protect people from punishment. God sent a message, promising ultimate restoration of His people who were in exile. God instructed them to pray for and work for the peace of the city where they were in exile. God said that the health of the city was directly connected to their health. Even during this season of punishment God taught them how to find peace.



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