October 12  Psalm 119:17-24  1 Thessalonians 5  Jeremiah 25:15-38; 26

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 12  Psalm 119:17-24  1 Thessalonians 5  Jeremiah 25:15-38; 26

Psalm 119:17-24

We may read what God has said and yet struggle to understand it. We should ask God for clarity. With humility, we should meditate on God’s Word. This practice will be incredibly helpful. Meditating on what God has said is a life-giving practice. The poet in Psalm 119 has found wonderful truth and wise advice in the Scripture. He is moved by a desire for the Word of God. He finds it enjoyable.

1 Thessalonians 5

The return of Jesus to earth will be unexpected. No one knows when it will happen. Our responsibility is to live, full of hope, alert, and clear-headed. We must encourage each other, be joyful, pray constantly, and be thankful regardless of our temporary circumstances. Paul writes that we should be spiritually alert. We should not be distracted by what kind of events will lead up to that day. What is God’s purpose? It includes a day when we will be together around a glorified Jesus. We should live in light of the coming return of Jesus. For today, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-19 carries excellent practical guidance. Go back to it and think about how you are going to live. We are in this together.

Jeremiah 25:15-38; 26

God has grown weary of people who are ignoring His warnings and are rejecting Him completely. God is angered by their evil actions. He can’t stand the injustice of their actions. Through Jeremiah God predicts the punishment He brings. And yet God leaves an opening for their repentance. In response, people wanted to kill Jeremiah. Some of the wise old men recounted the way their ancestors had responded to the prophet Micah. Seeing their worship, God changed His mind. In this way, the old men kept the people from killing Jeremiah.