January 26 Bible reading

25 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 26  Psalm 16  Matthew 18:10-35  Job 1; 2; 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?

Psalm 16  In Psalm 16 we see the benefits of the realization that if God is my Director then every good thing I have comes from Him. I can respect and enjoy godly people. By choosing God as my guide I can have peace and strength. I see that God is always with me. Let us recognize God as our source for every good thing in this life. Let us sing our gratitude and our call for help.

Matthew 18:10-35  Jesus taught His followers that the heart of Father God is for all to know His presence.  Jesus speaks of the angels assigned to children being in the presence of God constantly. Jesus instructs us on conflict resolution. Jesus makes it very clear that God takes our forgiving others very seriously. We get specific recommendations from Jesus in how to handle an offense with another believer. Direct personal conversations with reconciliation as the goal, are the way to go. Gossip, pretending it didn’t happen, or going to an authority without talking with the person first, are mistakes. Jesus directed His followers to pursue unity. Jesus taught us forgiveness that goes way beyond what comes naturally. Every Jesus follower must choose the path of forgiveness.

Job 1; 2; 3  The oldest Scripture manuscripts available today are of the book of Job. We see God deeply involved in the question of human suffering in view of a loving Creator. Job did nothing to deserve the suffering he experienced. Did Job live a pure life and worship God because he had so much to be happy about? In a day, Job lost his wealth and all of his children. He did not blame God. Job lost his good health and yet he did not blame God. Job wished that he had never lived. He cursed the day he was born, but he did not curse God. Job suffered utmost tragedy and yet did not sin against God in his heart or with his mouth.




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