July 13 Bible reading

13 07 2021

July 13 Psalm 84:8-12 Romans 1:18-32 2 Kings 24:8-20; 25

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?

July 13 Psalm 84:8-12 Romans 1:18-32 2 Kings 24:8-20; 25

Psalm 84:8-12

From God, we can receive the love that we do not deserve. Spending time and energy in the worship of God, aware of His presence, brings life-changing joy. When we choose to do this we benefit. The people in our lives will also benefit because they will find us changed for the better. When we are at peace we are better able to bring peace into the rooms where we work and live. Here we can sing and pray, “God where You live is where I want to be.” God is the source of good things. I draw joy from trusting God.

Romans 1:18-32

Our Creator is powerful, faithful, and loving, with a nature that is unique from our own. Every part of creation that we see, speaks of this Creator, calling our attention to worship Him. There are people who suppress this truth, claiming to be wise, they have become foolish. They choose to refuse to give thanks to God, in worship. They chose to worship other things instead. Their minds have become dark and confused. Tragic symptoms come from this. God had warned people of the consequences of turning away from Him. They did not listen. Many times God tried to draw them back. Romans 1:18-22 speaks of this. Certainly, people are born into a broken world and are hurt in many ways. Each person is unique. Only God knows their internal pain and struggles. The one true living God must have more wisdom than we do. We should understand that our Creator has the right to instruct us in the way to live. Our reasonable response would be to forsake living based on our own ideas or desires above all else. Living to make myself happy first doesn’t work. Jesus called us to “repent” (change the way we are thinking and change direction). Paul is writing about such a change. This is only possible by the grace of God, given to the humble.

2 Kings 24:8-20; 25

After decades of selfish rebellion (similar to what I just described in the Romans section), the pain and consequences were too great. Finally, God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to bring destruction and take people captive. The place of worship, Jerusalem’s Temple, was destroyed. When we allow our hearts to turn away from God the results can be devastating. You see, God would not stay in “holy places” where the people turned away from Him and to the worship of other things. God held people and leaders accountable for their decisions.


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