January 28 Bible reading

27 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 28  Proverbs 3:11-20  Matthew 19:16-30  Job 8; 9; 10

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 3:11-20  God the Father loves us and this is why He brings adjustment and correction to us. If God had the wisdom to create all that we see then I believe that He has the wisdom for how I should be living. This is a helpful perspective.

Matthew 19:16-30  Receiving the love of God, by faith in Jesus, should turn us away from selfishness. This leads to prioritizing the Kingdom of God over any natural resource (such as money). Jesus speaks the truth that with God everything is possible. We must open our faith-filled imagination to this truth. The Kingdom of God has a value system where those who seem like they are the least, in human perspective, are actually the greatest in God’s perspective. This must inform how we relate to others.

Job 8; 9; 10  Bildad brings a further baseless accusation against Job. His secret sin must have caused this suffering. Job understands human nature and the need for each of us to be forgiven. Yet Job maintains his innocence. The honesty of Job is essential to our learning how we should relate with God. Job asks God “why”, while pouring out his lament. In the middle of this, Job describes his perspective of God’s thoughtful involvement and participation in Job’s life from its very beginning.


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