August 20 Bible reading

20 08 2021

August 20 Proverbs 20:15-24 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 2 Chronicles 10; 11; 12

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 20 Proverbs 20:15-24 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 2 Chronicles 10; 11; 12

Proverbs 20:15-24

What is more valuable than any object you possess? The experience of helping a family who has lost their home will cause you to think about it, at some point. Here Proverbs suggests that words of wisdom may be more valuable than any of your possessions. Wow! So, where do we find wisdom? Let us be sure to follow the guidance of God. We will be more at peace if we recognize the guidance of our God and seek out wise counsel.

1 Corinthians 14:1-19

God has shown us, love, in the gift of life, the gift of grace, and the gift of salvation available through faith in Jesus. A genuine, selfless, and giving love should be the goal of every Jesus follower. God’s agape love should be the motivation any time that we use our spiritual gifts. This will direct our focus (in the use of prophecy), for example, and our understanding of the ability to speak in tongues. They are to be used in a way that is helpful to others. If the local church is full of people who are thinking this way, it will become a community that brings positive change. It will be noteworthy. There will be no need to advertise. Word of mouth will let the neighborhoods know that something unique is happening.

2 Chronicles 10; 11; 12

After the death of Solomon, his son Rehoboam becomes king and begins his reign by raising taxes and increasing the labor demands on the people. Jeroboam leads a revolt of the northern tribes of Israel against him and the descendants of David who would follow. In leadership, cruelty is not a God-honoring way to serve people. These two kings were constantly at war. They led people away from the worship of Yahweh. As a consequence, God allowed Egypt to punish Jerusalem. Only when they repented did God stop the Egyptians. Nothing good comes from walking away from a relationship with God.


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