October 16  Psalm 119:41-48  1 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 32:26-44; 33; 34

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 16  Psalm 119:41-48  1 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 32:26-44; 33; 34

Psalm 119:41-48

When we receive the unfailing love of God in salvation, we can live by God’s instruction and walk in freedom. We will find God’s Word to be life-giving. This happens as we meditate on God’s Word and share what we have learned. It’s an amazing spiritual principle. Let’s follow this practice.

1 Timothy 1

Paul writes a personal letter to Timothy, who became a Jesus follower most likely in the Lystra story found in Acts 14. Seven years later Timothy travelled with Paul. After Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, he writes a letter of encouragement and guidance for Timothy’s leadership in Ephesus. Paul gives Timothy direction in the continued effort to stop bad teachers who were misusing the Scriptures. Paul keeps a simple message as priority, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The amazing story of God’s grace, shown by Jesus appearing to Paul (despite his serious sin), continues to inform their message. You can believe in Jesus and have eternal life. This is why we must “cling” to our faith and “keep our conscience clear”.

Jeremiah 32:26-44; 33; 34

Is anything too hard for our God? After a cleansing of sin, God puts a desire for worship and a faithfulness in the heart. Restoration and forgiveness bring joy to the heart of God. Today you can ask God for each of these. Our God will not abandon His people. Our God will not abandon you. Jeremiah brought a promise of the Messiah (in renewal of the covenant God made with Abraham). Today, receiving new spiritual life through Jesus. With it comes a cleansing of your past, a desire for worship, faithfulness, restoration, forgiveness, and joyful relationship with God. It has for me. It can for you. It is possible.