November 21  Psalm 130  James 5  Ezekiel 40

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

November 21  Psalm 130  James 5  Ezekiel 40

Psalm 130

Deeply discouraged and yet I will look to God, in hopeful expectation of His faithful love4. Under stress, in pain, and yet desperately holding out hope that God will provide, Psalm 130 sings an encouragement to choose faith in Yahweh God. Spiritual cleansing and forgiveness for our mistakes, we have received from God. Mercy and grace have been extended to us, as an invitation to walk in a respectful relationship with God. O that we would learn about who God is, through this! The love of God has never failed us.

James 5

 

We expect the triumphant return of Jesus to this world. A desire for this will help our daily life. It motivates us to live with a healthy respect for God and other people. God is aware of those who harm others while pursuing their own financial gain. Our God will judge those who use other people to get ahead and get money. In contrast, Job showed his faith in God by praying for others, even on his own worst days. Our God responds to the faith that is shown by prayer. We confess our wrong, seeking forgiveness and restoration. We bring to God our requests for others. This prayer has great power as it is working. We should help each other course correct when we drift from the truth. Followers of Jesus are called to patient endurance while waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. Conversation with God must be our daily priority.

Ezekiel 40

Through the prophet Ezekiel, God had warned the people of Israel of the specific destruction that would come if they continued to reject His love in favor of their selfishness and violence. They had rejected God in favor of their own pursuits. Now they were experiencing the consequences. Jerusalem has fallen and the Israelites have been taken captive. Twenty-five years into this, God brings Ezekiel a magnificent vision of an inspiring future and a new place of worship, to share with the people. On our worst days, God has hope and a future waiting for us. If we will respond to God we can be encouraged. (For future study, it’s important to note the spiritual significance of the Temple’s gateways, courtyards, and places of sacrifice.)