November 21 Bible reading

20 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 21  Psalm 130  James 5  Ezekiel 40

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?

Under stress, in pain, and yet desperately holding out hope that God will provide, Psalm 130 sings an encouragement to choose faith in Yahweh God. Mercy and grace have been extended to us, as an invitation to walk in respectful relationship with God. O that we would learn about who God is, through this! The love of God has never failed us.

We expect the triumphant return of Jesus to this world. A desire for this will help our daily life. It motivates us to live with healthy respect for God and other people. Our God will judge those who use other people for their own gain. In contrast, Job showed his faith in God by praying for others, even on his own worst days. Our God responds to faith shown by prayer. We confess our wrong, seeking forgiveness and restoration. We bring to God our requests for others. This prayer has great power as it is working. We should help each other course correct when we drift from the truth.

Jerusalem has fallen and the Israelites have been taken captive. They had rejected God in favor of their own pursuits. Now they were experiencing the consequences. God brings Ezekiel a vision of a new place of worship. On our worst days, God has a hope and a future waiting for us. If we will respond to God we can be encouraged.


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