Wander Prone

Paul confronted the Christians in Galatia who began to wander into a works-based salvation, depending on the law for their standing before God.  As Robert Robinson’s 18th Century hymn “Come thou fount of every blessing” reminds us, we need the Lord to take our hearts and seal them against such wandering from the gospel of God’s grace.

Today’s reading:  2 Corinthians 11:1-Galatians 1:24

My selection:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—  not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:6-8

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

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Resisting our Default Position

As we continue today in Proverbs 1:8-3:35, it’s clear that this book is filled with warnings and promises about how to live in a way that pleases God.  Our default position is to give in to peer pressure and to avoid anything that is uncomfortable.

Believers in Jesus Christ have the command to “… be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6:10b ESV).  We are not strong in ourselves but only in Him and in the strength of His might.

Be strong in the Lord and have a blessed day.

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

Spiritual Drought: Getting through It

Do you go through times of spiritual drought?  David did.  But he did not accept it as inevitable nor permanent.  In today’s reading (Psalms 58-64) we can get help seeing how to handle those dry times.

In Psalm 63:1-3, look for David’s analysis of his condition, his response to it, and the outcome that he experienced.  Does this not suggest a path out of the doldrums of spiritual lethargy?  Try it and see.

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

One Thing

David wanted only one thing from God.  It is clear in today’s reading (Psalm 26-31) that he understood what really matters in life.

May we follow his example in seeking the Lord.  Nothing is more important. Nothing comes close.

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

Strengthened in God

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 28:1-31:13

As we saw yesterday, David had been anointed king of Israel, but the coronation was delayed.  Meanwhile, David learned how to trust God and to strengthen himself in God even when all hope seemed lost.

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

Michal’s Character

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 19:1-22:5

At what price would you sell your integrity?

Michal chose what appeared to be the safe route, but that choice is never God-honoring or truly safe.

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

Seeing God’s Presence in the Daily Grind

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:30

Godly men and women trust in the Lord’s presence and guidance in the day to day details of life.  They don’t need extraordinary circumstances to spring into obedient action. They do what God calls them to and He makes it turn out for His glory.

Have you learned this truth?

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

More Dangerous than Adversity

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:6

We are in more spiritual danger in times of prosperity than in times of adversity. God warned His people, and, if we are His, we should heed His warning.

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

God’s Presence, Consistent Character, and Success

Today’s reading: Genesis 39:1-41:36

Joseph is an exemplary figure when it comes to steadiness in the midst of trials and prosperity. His circumstances fluctuated wildly from extreme prosperity to desperate straits. He went from being his father’s favorite to being in danger of death at the hands of his brothers. He was a slave, a trusted servant of Potiphar, a prisoner, and the second to Pharaoh of Egypt.

Through all of that he did not waiver in his faithfulness to the Lord. He is to be admired, but, certainly, it was God who gave him grace and strength to endure and, in the end, to serve as the deliverer of his family from famine and possible death.

I often ask myself, “which is harder to endure, want or plenty, failures or victories? In which circumstance am I most severely tested and tempted to be unfaithful to the Lord?” It always seems to me that having plenty is more dangerous than having little.

How about you? Are you more susceptible to temptation in times of prosperity or in times of need?

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[For more reflections on today’s passage see the January 15 reading in Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].