The Importance of Marrying in the Lord

“How can I find the perfect spouse?”  is a question many single people ask.  The Bible gives clear guidance on one attribute that is non-negotiable.

Today’s reading: Ezra 8:1-10:44

In a fallen world, no one can find or be a perfect spouse, but we, who seek to honor God, must wait for a life partner who is a believer (1 Corinthians 7; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

God’s Sovereignty over Kings

How confident are you that God rules over all people and things, even kings, presidents, and nations?  Here we find an example of the power of God over a pagan king (Ezra 6:22).

Today’s reading:  Ezra 4:1-7:28

When things look bleak in our society, it’s easy for us to forget that God rules over all.  But we are commanded to pray and to trust God. Today, let worry and complaining go.  Pray instead.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

 

Weeping and Shouting

There was a strange mixture of responses as construction began on the temple.  Why this weeping and shouting over the same event?

Today’s reading: Ezra 2:1-3:13

The elderly who had seen the original temple wept as they realized how much smaller and less glorious would be the new one.  The younger people shouted for joy not knowing what they had lost.

In this world we are never completely free from tears.  But God promises that in the New Jerusalem “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 ESV). I long for that day, don’t you?

[For daily reflections on every book of the Bible get my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Missing the Obvious

Why is it so easy to miss the obvious?  For an example of this see today’s reading:  2 Chronicles 35:1-Ezra 1:11

The enemy of our souls masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  No wonder, without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, we miss the obvious, mistaking truth for error and error for truth.  Don’t be fooled today.

[For daily reflections on every book of the Bible get my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Starting Well, Ending Badly (and vice versa)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 32:1-34:33

Life is long (for the average person) and how you start doesn’t determine how you will end.  May you start well and end well, but if you started badly be aware that God’s grace is able to turn around any life so that it ends well.  A bad start doesn’t rule out a good finish.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

 

Weekend Bible Reading

Here are our scheduled readings for the weekend.  Once again God speaks in His Word to both warn and challenge us in our daily walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, May 21 — 2 Chronicles 25:1-28:27  Dangerous Presumption

Sunday May 22  — 2 Chronicles 29:1-31:21 Wholehearted Service

For more on these passages see my book Cover to Cover:Through the Bible in 365 Days available on Amazon in either Kindle ($4.99) or print format ($12.99).