January 20 Bible reading

20 01 2019

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.

January 20  Proverbs 2:12-22  Matthew 14:1-21  Genesis 40; 41:1-40

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?

Proverbs 2:12-22  A lifestyle of loving God with all you’ve got will help you make wise decisions. Learning from God will bring guidance in how to live each day. This will protect you from dangerous relationships and keep you from sexual sin. You are able to make decisions to follow God’s life-giving way. If I will choose to live by God-fearing wisdom I will run from sexual immorality and I will stay on the paths of the righteous (healthy relationships with God and others).

Matthew 14:1-21  John the Baptist confronted the sexual sin of Herod, a violent ruler. Herod has John put to death. Jesus wants to be alone when he hears the news but more than 5,000 people are following him. Jesus was moved with compassion for them despite his grief. Jesus provided food for them miraculously. Jesus healed the sick. Jesus cared about their spiritual needs and their natural needs. What a contrast between Herod living for his own pleasure and Jesus’ giving life to others!

Genesis 40; 41:1-40  Falsely accused and in prison, Joseph doesn’t give up. God gives Joseph the interpretation of dreams. Joseph provides the meaning of the dreams and suggestions for action. Joseph doesn’t take credit for himself but attributes God for this ability. Joseph is restored from prison to a place of authority over Potipher’s resources. On any given day God has wisdom for us. We are given the opportunity to seek God and live faithfully in response to all that God has already done for us. Joseph showed wisdom in saying, “It is beyond my power, but God can do this.”


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