Today’s reading: Mark 4:21-6:29 My Selection: And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29 Jesus compared the growth of God’s kingdom to a harvest cycle: sowing
In today’s reading, Ezekiel 17:1-19:14, the prophet lays out an important truth: each person is responsible for himself before God (Ezekiel 18:20). We do not bear the weight of our parents’ sin, but we do bear the weight of our own. On the other hand, parents are responsible for modeling grace and patience as they raise their children with a knowledge of biblical truth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of th
Biblical wisdom feels backwards to our human nature. Over and over the Bible gives a different perspective on life and truth. Jesus said things like “...the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16 ESV). The Truth Here in today’s reading (Proverbs 19-21) we find another example of the difference between biblical teaching and conventional human wisdom. Where society tells us to assert ourselves and look out for number one, Proverbs 19:11 tells us to be slow to
How long does it take to come full circle through the stages of waiting patiently? That is, to move from despair, to prayer, to stability, to praise? In today’s reading (Psalm 40-45), we find the psalmist going through these stages in what appears to be rapid succession. Looking back he can report the progress as if it were almost instantaneous. It probably wasn’t and won’t be for us either. “I waited patiently for the Lord” he says (Psalm 40:1). Are you waiting? Are yo
Job goes through unspeakable pain. He often expresses his anguish and despair as he tries to understand what is happening to him. But in today’s reading (Job 22:1-25:6) he has a moment of real clarity. He may not know all the intricacies of God’s wisdom in sending suffering but he is confident of the ultimate purpose (Job 23:10). Can you rest in God’s ultimate good purpose for your suffering? Job did. [For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in
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]. Share this: Facebook Twitter Email LinkedIn Print Pinterest #Biblereading #devotional #Spiritualgrowth #Faith #disc
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 25:1-27:12 To obey God means to trust and follow His guidance as to what we do and when we do it. God may be leading you into some work He has for you, but it’s still in the future and you are not sure when it is going to happen. Be patient with His timing and walk in obedience to Him as you wait for Him to open doors and bring His plan to conclusion. David experienced this “delay” and he exemplifies patience in waiting on God’s timing. [For more
Today’s reading: Judges 7:1-8:35 In today’s reading we come across a magnificent example of how “a soft answer turns away wrath.” This is Monday, an easy day to be in a bad mood. Not you and me, of course, but perhaps someone else in your world. Look for ways to turn wrath away by giving a soft answer instead of responding in kind. [For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days]. Share this: Faceb
Today’s reading: Exodus 5:1-7:25 If you are like me when I read my Bible, you come across incidents which puzzle you. One that I have wondered about is the time that Moses, following God’s instructions, turned the Nile River to blood with the wave of his staff. But, then, Pharaoh’s magicians also turned water to blood. It seems like the intended sign of power fell flat. It was repeated by the enemy. I have an answer, based on speculation, but, nevertheless, speculation on wha
God’s slowness to anger must not be confused with any weakness or ambivalence.  Today’s reading: Nahum 1-3; Revelation 13 2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:2,3 7 Also it w
Those who boast proudly before God will someday learn to keep silent before Him. Today’s reading: Obadiah; Revelation 8
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,
in your lofty dwelling,
who say in your heart,
“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle,
though your nest is set among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,
declares the Lord.
Many can handle adversity, but few prosperity. Are you aware of the danger of prosperity? Today’s reading: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 3 4 But I am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior.
5 It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
6 but when they had grazed, they became full,
they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
therefore they forgot me.