December 2 Bible reading

2 12 2021

December 2  Proverbs 29:10-18  1 John 2:28-29; 3:1-10  Daniel 8:15-27; 9:1-19

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?

December 2  Proverbs 29:10-18  1 John 2:28-29; 3:1-10  Daniel 8:15-27; 9:1-19

Proverbs 29:10-18

Recognizing God as our Provider brings a calm to our spirit. Daily interaction with God encourages learning and character development. This includes personal growth in the area of self-control. As we learn how to manage our thoughts and feelings in productive ways, we become more helpful to others.  In this way, we also grow in wisdom. In the context of talking about healthy parenthood, Solomon writes about the wisdom of following spiritual guidance.

1 John 2:28-29; 3:1-10

Jesus Christ is pure and blameless. He is always in a healthy right-standing relationship with people, with God the Father, and with God the Holy Spirit. We should daily choose to be in a personal relationship with Jesus. By His faithful love, our Father God has called us His children. We are excited about the future return of Jesus and how it will ultimately transform us. For this reason, we do not make a practice of sinning. We draw strength of character from our personal relationship with God. We focus our attention on God who loved us selflessly. If we make a habit of sin we are not loving God with all we’ve got. Whether we are keeping this disorder of the heart a secret or not, we must stop to ask honest questions about what we value most. Let us choose to follow Jesus more than our cravings. Let’s avoid sin and the damage it brings to this relationship with God and our relationships with others. In this, we will find lasting peace and pleasure.

Daniel 8:15-27; 9:1-19

The angel Gabriel explains the visions of future events, that Daniel is having. For reasons, God had previously explained, He would allow the Temple to be destroyed and a season of suffering. God would bring about restoration. Daniel prayed, with fasting, about the years of captivity that Jeremiah had predicted. Daniel leads public confession of corporate sin. Daniel calls on the faithful love of God to forgive their sin. Daniel reminds God of His merciful covenant agreements with people. Daniel asks God to act, not because of their actions, but instead because of His own great mercy. It is powerful, Daniel 9:18-19. Evil power will ultimately fall before our Lord Jesus.


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