January 14 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s reading, there was a ton of “action” to be found.

Anyone who says the Bible is boring probably hasn’t read Genesis 37, 38 and 39. In these chapters we find a group of brothers who sell their youngest brother into slavery because of jealousy; a woman who tricks her father-in-law to sleeping with her and impregnating her; and Egyptian official’s wife who tries to seduce a household servant (who also happens to be the brother who was sold into slavery).

Geesh…. so much to choose from.

The scripture I chose to highlight today, Genesis 39: 19-23 reads: 19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Anyone who has read the Old Testament has at least some familiarity with the story of Joseph, the young brother who was first sold to some traveling traders, who then sold him into Egyptian slavery in the household of Potiphar, the captain of the Pharaoh’s guard.

What stood out to me re-reading this portion of the story was despite the enormous challenges Joseph faced; sold by his brothers, and then ending up in jail falsely accused of attempted rape – there is no mention of Joseph feeling sorry for himself or wanting to give up. Surely he must have had some of those feelings, but the Lord was with him.

We all face challenges in our lives, yet most of us won’t be falsely accused of a crime and end up in jail.

Yet in our day to day lives, we often let small and ultimately inconsequential problems bog us down.

That is why perspective is so important. The perspective as believers in Jesus – that no matter how bad thing seems, no matter how down we are – God is always with us.

Let us work to better keep that eternal perspective as we go about our (often mundane) daily lives.

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Todays’ reading: Genesis 37:1-36; 38:1-30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-8; Genesis 39:1-23
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 40:1-23; 35:28-29; 41:1-57

January 13 – Scripture of the Day

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Honestly, not much jumped out at me today in the reading. I chose Genesis 36:1 which says: This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).

I chose it because its representative of most of the reading today. Pretty much all the reading was an account, or record of, family history. It was genealogy. Not the most exciting reading.

But what it did bring do, was give me an excellent reminder about family.

After our relationship with God, there is nothing in this world more important than the relationships we have with family.

No, those relationships aren’t always easy.

Sometimes they cause frustration, anger, hurt, grief and anxiety, among other emotions.

But they also should be the most important and fulfilling relationships we have on Earth.

In our family relationships we have the greatest opportunity to learn, love, forgive and sacrifice.

To model Jesus’ love to the world.

And that is a good reminder, even if the reading was a bit boring.

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Today’s reading: Genesis 36:1-43; 1 Chronicles 1:35-2:2
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 37:1-36; 38:1-30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-8; Genesis 39:1-23

January 3 – Scripture of the Day

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The verses that I found most interesting today were Genesis 8:13-16:

13 Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. 14 Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry! 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives.

So in all, from the beginning of the flood until Noah and his family got off the ark, was more than a year. Imagine being crammed on a wooden boat with your close family, plus a bunch of animals.

For. A. Year.

I think this scripture serves to remind us that often things in our lives take longer than we might prefer.

I’m about as impatient as they come. And the rapidly advancing technology, instant gratification, and social media culture we live in make it worse.

I mean, it seems like FOREVER when a webpage takes 5 second to load! 5 SECONDS! Not 5 minutes. 5 seconds.

Or how about not getting a timely response to a text message? How rude!

So these verses are a good reminder to me that I need to be patient; that the important things in our lives come to us in God’s time, not our time.

I need to slow down, focus on what’s important, and not worry about the rest.

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Today’s reading was: Genesis 7:1-24; 8:1-22; 9:1-10:5; 1 Chronicles 1:5-7; Genesis 10:6-32; 1 Chronicles 1:17-23

Tomorrow’s reading is: Genesis 11:1-26; 1 Chronicles 1:24-27; Genesis 12:1-20; genesis 13:1-18; Genesis 14:1-24

January 2 – Scripture of the Day

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Today’s reading was: Genesis 4:1-26; 5:1-32; 1 Chronicles 1:1-4; Genesis 6:1-22

Tomorrow’s reading is: Genesis 7:1-24; 8:1-22; 9:1-10:5; 1 Chronicles 1:5-7; Genesis 10:6-32; 1 Chronicles 1:17-23

The passage that stood out to me in today’s reading was Genesis 6:11-13 (NLT):

11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!”

This is a difficult piece of scripture because we see God’s anger and sadness at the evil, violence and corruption in the world.

Often we tend to think of God in terms of Jesus in the New Testament; loving, forgiving and full of grace. And He is all those things.

But God is also righteous and just. He cannot tolerate evil and sin. And so we see there are consequences for our choices in our lives. There are earthly consequences, but ultimately there is an eternal consequence as well.

God loves us so much he gives us that choice. We can choose to love him back, or choose to reject him.

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