November 2 Bible reading

1 11 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.

November 2  Psalm 119:145-152  Hebrews 4:1-13  Joel 2:18-32; 3

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?

God our Creator and Redeemer is eternal. The guidance and promises of God will outlast any challenge we are facing. The poet of Psalm 119 recognized this truth since childhood and over his lifetime has found the Word of God to be a reliable source of hope. He wakes up early to pray and consider the Scripture.

When a person repents of their wrong, receiving Jesus as Savior, they respond to God with fully devoted love and experience the shalom peace of God. This spiritual rest is a foreshadowing of Heaven and its eternal rest that God prepares for us. Belief in what God has said is an essential part of this experience and a path of continued spiritual growth. What God has said (as revealed in Scripture) is a living letter to us. It speaks life to us. The loving God, who knows all things, brings to light our private thoughts and desires. This is for our benefit.

Through the prophet Joel, God calls people to repentance so that He can bring restoration. This would precede a “pouring out” of the Holy Spirit on believers and more prophetic ministry, prior to the second coming of Jesus.


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