October 8 Bible reading

7 10 2019

October 8  Psalm 118:17-29  Colossians 4:2-18  Jeremiah 16; 17

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.

  • 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?

October 8  Psalm 118:17-29  Colossians 4:2-18  Jeremiah 16; 17

Psalm 118:17-29

The singer draws strength from his relationship with God. He’s singing in the public worship service a thanksgiving for answered prayer. We should open up the opportunity for this practice. Our relationship with God should include this practice. And then requests of God are made in this context.

Colossians 4:2-18

Colossians 4:2, 5-6 are words to live by. Prayer should include dialogue with God out of thoughtful consideration. Prayer works best when we give wholehearted devotion. Prayer is consistently uplifting when it includes thanksgiving. We should be careful to exercise wisdom in how we live and talk.

Jeremiah 16; 17

For generations, God’s people had rejected His love and guidance. Over many years they followed evil desires and were unfaithful to God. This is the reason God allows punishment. And yet God promises to bring a repentant faithful remnant back to the Promised Land. People who derive their confident hope from trusting in God will be blessed. In contrast, people who live by bad motives will be judged by God. It’s possible to be deceived. How do you know if you are? We can find clarity in the truth of God’s Word, and the counsel of mature believers. A weekly day of rest from our ordinary work is helpful for a God focus.


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