July 22 Bible reading

22 07 2022

July 22 Psalms 88:9-18 Romans 7:7-25 Hosea 6; 7

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 22 Psalms 88:9-18 Romans 7:7-25 Hosea 6; 7

Psalms 88:9-18

Oh God! Why is it that I cannot see You, feel You?! Where is Your help?!? “I’m no good to You dead!” I can’t feel Your comfort. 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!” Singing the blues, praying your lament, describing to God what you are suffering is a valuable part of a healthy relationship with God. We should never try to stop someone else from doing so. Honesty about pain is healthy. It’s God’s design. God has not asked us to pretend that suffering doesn’t exist. This candid way of talking with God will help us have a life-giving relationship with God.

Romans 7:7-25

As we learn about God’s plan for a healthy life, our sinful human nature pulls our attention to cravings that move us away from Jesus-following desires. This toxic selfishness may bring a raging internal conflict. The only effective peace treaty is found in Jesus. Everyone who calls themselves a Christian should read through Romans, think deeply about it, and pray through it. Have I truly considered why I may experience desires that are contrary to following Jesus? You cannot develop a strong faith without considering these issues. When your spiritual eyes are open to the truth of spiritual freedom found in Jesus it can be like fireworks of revelation. It is life-altering. Peace is possible. Freedom is possible.

Hosea 6; 7

Through the prophet Hosea, God calls His people to turn from their selfish sin, back to a healthy relationship with Him. God says that He wants to show them love and that He wants them to know Him. God wants His people to learn about Him, to experience a relationship with Him. This is not possible when people are not loving God, from their hearts. When we are dishonest and insincere with God, there is pain coming. When we turn to God, with love and out of wholehearted devotion, restoration is coming.



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