August 12 Bible reading

12 08 2021

August 12 Proverbs 19:23-29; 20:1-4 1 Corinthians 7:17-35 Ecclesiastes 4; 5; 6

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 12 Proverbs 19:23-29; 20:1-4 1 Corinthians 7:17-35 Ecclesiastes 4; 5; 6

Proverbs 19:23-29; 20:1-4

You can choose to start each day focused on God. The practice of giving love and respect to God every day is life-giving and produces peace. It will help us learn from God and avoid poor decisions. This will help us avoid some pain. It will also help us walk away from self-destructive tendencies. Here in Proverbs, we read about the damage that drunkenness can cause. In contrast, self-control in a tense situation is a sign of an honorable person.

1 Corinthians 7:17-35

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? Pastor Paul gives us counsel to grow in our eternal perspective. We should understand what will last forever and what will not. Life on this earth is short. We should prioritize our relationship with God and commitment to the Kingdom of God through our local church involvement. Our first commitment is to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This kind of focus on Jesus examined life, and choosing to live by carefully considered priorities will produce fulfillment. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy more peaceful days? This is how.

Ecclesiastes 4; 5; 6

Solomon seems overwhelmed by the horror of people taking advantage of others in a systematic way. He also sees jealous pursuits as useless. Even as the most powerful king in history (to that point) he laments the futility of political power. Help and strength can be found in human relationships. Solomon advises us to respect God by listening to Him when we gather in worship. He also recommends that we be careful in what we promise God. The pursuit of wealth can be meaningless. Learning to be content each day may be one of life’s most important lessons. Work hard and you will sleep well. Enjoy life and don’t “brood over the past”. Wow. Easier said than done?



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