July 21 Bible reading

21 07 2021

July 21 Psalms 88:1-9 Romans 6:15-23; 7:1-6 Hosea 3; 4; 5

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 21 Psalms 88:1-9 Romans 6:15-23; 7:1-6 Hosea 3; 4; 5

Psalms 88:1-9

This is a song of great lament. Describing what is wrong, the singer cries out of exhaustion and loneliness. “Troubled, near death, forgotten and trapped” any singer can communicate with our God. In this song, God is described as a Merciful Savior. This lament is in fact a cry for help, not giving up, and yet on the worst day of life, it is a cry for God’s rescue. I can sing, “Even when I don’t see Your help, God I cry out to You!” When our life is full of troubles, we feel like there is no way out, we can sing Psalm 88 and know that God hears us. It is possible that Jesus did so on the night before His death. If we are abandoned or betrayed personally, we can sing this song. We know that Jesus experienced similar things.

Romans 6:15-23; 7:1-6

We are giving control over to whatever it is that we choose to follow. It is possible that you have learned over time, that your own cravings, thoughts, and feelings are not always reliable for life-altering decisions. Spiritual freedom can be found in Jesus! As our Good Shepherd, Jesus is worthy of our trust. When we choose to receive Jesus as Savior, God’s grace brings us new life. We are free from any idea that our actions are the determining factor for our salvation. Our faith in the action of Jesus is a determining factor. We are now free from the compulsion to make mistakes. We can walk away from a life of toxic selfishness. We have freedom. We now have a choice. Now we can live wholeheartedly, in a healthy relationship with God and others. We do not have to live like a bully who cares about himself more than anyone else. Selfishness breaks relationships. As Jesus followers, we are free to live by the leading of the Holy Spirit. The result is good, patient, and kind love.

Hosea 3; 4; 5

God instructed Hosea to restore his wife Gomer and love her after she had returned to prostitution. This is meant to be an example of how God had already loved His own people despite their unfaithfulness. Violence had raged in their streets, including murder. God speaks condemnation on the priests who were not in a personal relationship with God. The priests who took joy in the sin of the Israelites would not escape the judgment of God. They were not teaching the people how to be in relationship with God. The lack of devotion to God is listed as a cause for the bloodshed in their streets. God calls out the priests as responsible for the lack of spiritual understanding in the people. The living God is aware of our motives. He cares about the state of our hearts and what we choose to worship.



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