December 4 Bible reading

3 12 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.

December 4  Psalm 138  1 John 4:7-21  Daniel 11:2-35

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?

King David sings praises to Yahweh God, who is superior to anything else worshipped by people. His song repeatedly describes our God as one of faithful love that lasts forever. David believes the promises of God. David draws strength from his relationship with God and a constant conversation with God. At first, it seems a contradiction that out God is most powerful and yet cares for the humble. “Surrounded by troubles” as David was, he had learned to trust in the living God.

John writes about the faithful, patient, kind, selfless, determined love of God. We can receive this and share it with other people. When we give this kind of love it is evidence of our identity as children of God. This love is possible in our lives because we receive Jesus as our Savior. We have put our trust in His love. As we live to be fully devoted followers of Jesus, our God-kind-of-love grows into maturity and we will not fear the future. We will love each other “because He loved us first”.

God placed Daniel in position to speak truth to powerful people many times over many years. Speaking to Daniel through dreams and visions, God displayed He sovereign control over the rise and fall of the nations of the earth. God predicted the specific decisions of the leaders of the nations. It is our reasonable response to worship our living God.


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