June 25 Bible reading

25 06 2021

June 25 Proverbs 15:21-30 Acts 16:16-40 1 Kings 14:21-31; 15; 16:1-7

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 the 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?

June 25 Proverbs 15:21-30 Acts 16:16-40 1 Kings 14:21-31; 15; 16:1-7

Proverbs 15:21-30

When a person, who loves God, speaks from the heart it should be something they have carefully considered. This is an important truth that does not come naturally to most people. It’s possible to be enthusiastic and wrong. Let us carefully consider with wisdom the things that we should say to the people whom God has put in our lives. “The Lord hears the prayer of the righteous.” Do we need more motivation than this to live out a wholehearted devotion to God? The prayer you send up will be heard by the One True God. The resulting happiness “makes for good health”.

Acts 16:16-40

Jailed for their Christian activities, Paul and Silas are praying and singing when God uses an earthquake to free them. Paul and Silas had been praying and singing as Psalms 96:1-2 suggests, by choosing, “each day” to praise a God who saves. They were putting into practice what is found in Ephesians 5:18-20, “singing psalms” etc. to each other. God hears them and does the supernatural. The response of Paul and Silas brings about the salvation of the warden and his household. This story is an essential ingredient of the start of the church in Philippi. In this story, we find an essential truth that many today are missing. How we respond when things don’t go our way matters.

1 Kings 14:21-31; 15; 16:1-7

Having seen idolatry in Jerusalem, Asa leads a religious reform bringing people back to the worship of the one true living God. Through these decades the Hebrew people constantly fought against each other in a civil way. They worshiped other gods and saw their behavior punished as God had predicted. God gave them a choice between loving Him and self-destruction. God showed them love and was looking for love in return. It is much the same today. How should we respond?



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