March 20 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 30:15-16. At this point in Israel’s history, Moses is about to die, Joshua becomes the leader of Israel, and the Lord is about to lead them into the Promised Land.

Moses is speaking to the Israelites, reminding them of their covenant with the Lord, calling them back to the Lord, and reminding them of the choice they have.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16 reads, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.”

This reminded me that we still have that same choice in our lives today. The Lord wants to bless us greatly, and when we follow Him, we will receive those great blessings. But when we choose to disobey, there are consequences. The Lord, who loves us so much, knows how we should live our lives; by following him and his commands, good things will follow. When we choose to disobey, bad things happen. We are our own worst enemy.

So let us chose to follow the Lord each and every day!

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:58; Psalm 90

January 26 – Scripture of the Day

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Throughout the Gospels we hear Jesus call on us to feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, care for the widows and orphans. We are the help the least and the lost. That is God’s command to us through Jesus.

Today the passage that stuck out to me was Job 29:11-17 which reads: 11 “All who heard me praised me. All who saw me spoke well of me. 12 For I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help. 13 I helped those without hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy. 14 Everything I did was honest.  Righteousness covered me like a robe, and I wore justice like a turban.   15 I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. 16 I was a father to the poor and assisted strangers who needed help. 17 I broke the jaws of godless oppressors and plucked their victims from their teeth.”

In this chapter Job is calling for his vindication, and is testifying to his righteous actions.

What about us?

Have we assisted the poor and the orphans in need? The widows?

Have we been fathers to the poor and to strangers?

If not, why not?

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Today’s reading: Job 26:1-29:25
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 30:1-31:40

January 5 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that spoke to me today was Genesis 15:1 which says: “Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”

This is a message that applied to us today as well. In this passage we hear God telling Abram not to be afraid, and Jesus tells the disciples the same thing several times; for example, Luke 12:4.

Essentially, when God tells us not to be afraid, he is telling us to trust him.

And when we trust God, when we believe that Jesus is his son, our reward is indeed great.

For it is through faith in Jesus that our sins are forgiven, we are reconciled with God, and we receive everlasting life.

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Today’s reading: Genesis 15:1-21; 16:1-16; 17:1-27

Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 18:1-33; Genesis 19:1-38; Genesis 20:1-18; Genesis 21:1-7

 

January 4 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Genesis 12:1-3 which says: The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Sometimes I look around and see all that I have, and wonder why?

Why me?

What have I done to deserve all these good things? A loving wife; wonderful children.  A good job, a comfortable home, nice cars, the ability to travel and play.

This scripture reminds me.  None of it is about me, I’ve done nothing to “deserve” these things.

Everything I have, everything I am that is good, is meant to bless others.

We are so blessed in America we don’t often even realize it or fully appreciate it. According to the Census Bureau, the average median income in the United States is $53,046.

Compared to the rest of the world, if you make $53,046, you are in the richest ONE QUARTER OF ONE PERCENT of people in the world. Yup, 0.027%.

So, even if you make half of the average income in the US, you are STILL in the TOP TWO PERCENT of people in the world.

We haven’t done anything to deserve this.  Even if you work hard, got a good education, have a good job, you still don’t deserve this.  You may have earned it, in the content of the society and economy in which we live.  But you don’t deserve it.

It is all a blessing from God.

And we are blessed… so we can be a blessing to others.

As Rick Warren says, God doesn’t give us more so we can increase our standard of living… God gives us more so we can increase our standard of GIVING.

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References:
United State Census Bureau
Global Rich List

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

Tomorrow’s reading is: Genesis 15:1-21; 16:1-16; 17:1-27