October 11  Proverbs 24:23-34  1 Thessalonians 4  Jeremiah 23:9-30; 24; 25:1-14

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?

October 11  Proverbs 24:23-34  1 Thessalonians 4  Jeremiah 23:9-30; 24; 25:1-14

Proverbs 24:23-34

Corruption of justice is wrong. It brings horrible results. Honesty in decisions of justice brings benefits. Proverbs points out the value of honesty and hard work. This lifestyle will bring value to you, your family, and your community. In contrast, the more people live without honesty and hard work the more damage will be done to their community. Anyone who thinks of themselves as a Jesus follower should take this into careful consideration. Does my life reflect this truth?

1 Thessalonians 4

Here we read about people who identified themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. They kept a priority on living their lives in ways that would please God. They viewed their bodies as designed for God’s purpose, not selfishness. This principle brought guidance to issues of sexual expression. Out of a personal relationship with Jesus comes new life and confident hope. This brings inspiration and a new ability to choose a lifestyle of living for God, our Creator & Redeemer instead of living to please ourselves first. When we want to please God more than anything else we can live a “holy” life, focused on God, avoiding sexual sin. Out of “agape” love for God and others we grow in self-control. All of this springs from a belief that Jesus will return to earth. Christians should encourage each other with conversation about the return of Jesus. This should include the expectation of a day when we will be living alongside those who once passed away. What wonderful days are ahead! This great hope before us should inform every single day.

Jeremiah 23:9-30; 24; 25:1-14

God is heartbroken at the work of false prophets. God says, “They’re making it up. They haven’t been in my presence. They didn’t care to listen to Me.” Through the prophet Jeremiah, God spoke to the people of Judah about the way that He would punish the unrepentant and restore the repentant. We read a clear distinction between true prophets and false prophets. A true prophet is spending time in the presence of God, listening to the voice of God, and with great care and obedience speaking the word God instructed them to deliver. Again God calls people to a relationship of wholehearted devotion. God predicts the captivity of seventy years. It will serve as a punishment of evil actions, rejection of God, and further proof that God is sovereign.