October 13  Psalm 119:25-32  2 Thessalonians 1  Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

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 13  Psalm 119:25-32  2 Thessalonians 1  Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

Psalm 119:25-32

There are seasons of life that bring sorrow. We may lie to ourselves. The truth found in a relationship with God brings encouragement, instruction, and understanding. We should be active learners who are focused on God. It is a relationship of wholehearted devotion. We should ask God for help. On our worst days, we can sing to God. Cry out of grief, discouragement, and depression. Ask God to help us with our reality. Ask God to help us understand the guidance found in His Word, to navigate it.

2 Thessalonians 1

The church in Thessalonica had found “hardship as a pathway to peace” in following Jesus. They were growing in their faith and their agape love for each other. Paul, Silas, and Timothy celebrated their faithfulness, endurance, and spiritual growth. They asked God to give the Thessalonians the grace and ability to live in a way that pleases God. Remember that this letter is communication between people who have found a miracle of life-changing grace in Jesus Christ. They all prayed for each other to receive grace and peace from God. We need the daily help of God to live out a “Thank You” to Jesus for salvation. Choosing to love each other as we grow stronger spiritually. There will be ultimate rest when Jesus returns. We will have great joy. We will be praising Jesus.

Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

Jeremiah had to deal with false prophets and their message. False prophets were declaring that people would be safe from God’s judgment of sin. The reality is that religious practice would not protect people from punishment. God is looking for people who would be in a relationship with Him. Jeremiah 27 and 28 describe a dramatic back and forth with such false prophets. We are not immune to such activity today. There are many forms of false spiritual leaders. They are spouting similar thoughts. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God sent a message, promising ultimate restoration of His people who were in exile. Please understand that all of Jeremiah 29 is set in this context. God instructed the Israelites to pray for and work for the peace of the city where they were in exile. God said that the health of the city was directly connected to their health. Even during this season of punishment God taught them how to find peace. God was making Himself available for a relationship with them then, and He is making Himself available to us today. We cannot take Jeremiah 29:11 without the truth that God was (and is now) searching for people who were (and are now) looking for Him wholeheartedly. So let us love God with the best of our energy.