August 11 Bible reading

11 08 2021

August 11 Psalm 94:12-23 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 Ecclesiastes 1; 2; 3

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?

August 11 Psalm 94:12-23 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 Ecclesiastes 1; 2; 3

Psalm 94:12-23

Over the years, I have heard friends say, “I wish my parents had warned me about __.” We can avoid the consequences of mistakes (that bring troubled times) if we follow God’s instructions for life. We learn by following God’s guidance for how we should live. This should also include accepting His correction of how we should not be living. In this, we can learn how to avoid mistakes. This happens as we focus our attention on the goodness of God. Then we can think through how we should respond to God in healthy ways.

1 Corinthians 7:1-16

The Corinthian believers had questions about sexual ethics. Pastor Paul responds, with an understanding of their current culture related to sexual practices. Sexual pleasure as a high priority and sexual transactions (including business and pagan spiritual practices) were part of their everyday culture. “Whatever I want” (regardless of marriage or spirituality) was the most common sexual ethic in their day. Does this sound familiar? In 1 Corinthians, we find teaching about marriage. God gives some people the gift of marriage and others the gift of being single. God has designed each of us for a life of purpose and pleasure. Marriage should include partners seeking to please each other. Not living “Me first”. Our sexual desire may be fulfilled in a marriage where love is given as a gift given by each person to their spouse. Choosing a lifelong commitment in marriage can reflect the love that God has for us.

Ecclesiastes 1; 2; 3

Solomon could not find ultimate satisfaction in hard work, learning, or the pursuit of pleasure. For a time, he turned from the worship of God. For years he lived, “Me first”, and suffered the consequences. From that perspective, he writes about seasons and futility. Today we can learn from his life. We can set our focus on the peace and salvation found in Jesus. This includes a future beyond this natural life. That is why we can choose to enjoy each season we discover here and now.



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