It is good and instructive to keep silence before God, to listen to His Word, and to observe His mighty acts. Today we meet some who learned this truth. Today’s Reading Job 38-39; Acts 15:1-21 Selected Verses Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.” Job 38:1-3 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of t
Here we meet a man who demonstrated that wise words spoken by one filled with the Holy Spirit can be used by God to accomplish great good for His glory. Today’s Reading Job 26-28; Acts 11 Selected Verses Then Job answered and said: “How you have helped him who has no power!
“How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
“How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,
and plentifully declared sound knowledge!” Job 26:1-3 They sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and sa
Does God control both what happens and when? Jesus Christ’s disciple knows that God orchestrates all of life down to the minutest detail. Timing included. Today’s Reading II Samuel 21-22; Luke 22:1-30 Selected Verses Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year. And David sought the face of the Lord. And the Lord said, “There is bloodguilt on Saul and on his house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.” II Samuel 21:1 For the Son of Man goes
Chaos is not the new normal. It has happened before and it will happen again. But there is a wisdom and guidance from God for His people. Today’s Reading II Samuel 19-20; Luke 21:20-38 Selected Verses So all the men of Israel withdrew from David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri. But the men of Judah followed their king steadfastly from the Jordan to Jerusalem. II Samuel 20:2 But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and care
God providentially controls our suffering. But why He sends suffering is not always obvious to us. How do we handle such situations? Today’s Reading I Samuel 7-9; Luke 13:1-21 Selected Verses As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel. I Samuel 7:10 There were some present at that very t
It’s natural and good to be longing for the full arrival of the kingdom of God. But Jesus gave us an assignment while we are waiting. Do you know what it is? Today’s reading Judges 20-21; Luke 11:1-28] Selected Verses In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.'” Luke 11:2 Reflections The theme of the book of Judges is “ther
What? Hated, Excluded, Reviled, Spurned, Blessed. This is how Jesus described His disciples. An odd group of words and an odd group of people. Today’s reading Joshua 21-22; Luke 6:1-26 Selected Verses No, but we did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, “What have you to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?” Joshua 22:24 Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account
Jesus Christ calls His people to leave all and follow Him. Are His promises and presence enough to keep you plodding on to the end? Today’s reading Exodus 16-18; Matthew 19:16-30 Selected Verses And the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:3 Then Peter said
Like people in Bible times, we struggle to apply what we think we have learned in the past to current challenges. How can we tell we have learned? Today’s reading Exodus 13-15; Matthew 19:1-15 Selected verses When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Exodus 15:23-24 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on
Today’s reading Exodus 4-6; Matthew 16 Selected verses Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will
Today’s reading Exodus 1-3; Matthew 15:21-39 Selected Verses And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. Exodus 3:24-25 He healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:30b-31 Reflections Exodus opens with an update on the descendants of
Pain shows evidence of healing Sometimes it has to get worse, before it gets better. A friend of mine learned this as she was healing from an injury that tore ligaments in her ankle. The pain was evidence that healing was taking place. Paul knew the spiritual pain of dealing with sin erupting from his flesh. The battle was fierce and only Christ could deliver him. Perhaps you have discovered the same thing. You come to know Christ in truth. You know He has saved you, but