January 24 Bible reading

23 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 24  Proverbs 3:1-10  Matthew 16:21-28; 17:1-13  Genesis 47:13-31; 48

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 3:1-10  We should engage in a relationship with God that includes all of our learning, loving, and listening. This prompts us to be thankful and tell others about this God that we value. Sharing is essential to the experience. When we meditate on God’s Word, we can better trust God and follow God. Solomon writes about purpose in wisdom and benefits from wisdom. Loyalty and kindness are essential to a Jesus style of servant leadership. Choosing to rely on God completely includes looking for God’s will in every area of life. When we live like this we will discover God’s guidance.

Matthew 16:21-28; 17:1-13  Jesus prepared His followers for His death. Jesus called them to wholehearted devotion and choosing a lifestyle of sacrificial love. Jesus called His followers to value the Kingdom of God above their natural life. This includes a willingness to set aside their own desires in favor of God’s desires. We are called to follow Jesus, not our own way. Peter, James, and John saw Jesus’ appearance change. They saw him talking with Moses and Elijah. They heard Father God speak His loving approval over Jesus, instructing them to follow Jesus.

Genesis 47:13-31; 48  Joseph had looked for the will of God and responded faithfully to all God had revealed. Joseph obeyed God and exercised good stewardship. Many people were spared starvation from famine because of Joseph’s faithfulness to God. Jacob shared, with his own son Joseph, God’s promise to bless them so that they could be a blessing to all people.

 


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