October 22  Psalm 119:81-88  2 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 48; 49:1-6

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 22  Psalm 119:81-88  2 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 48; 49:1-6

Psalm 119:81-88

Have you gone through a rough patch with a coworker? Ever had someone declare themselves your enemy? Let’s get honest about the bad days. What is wrong with that person? Here the poet is honest about opposition from other people. The poet tires of waiting for God’s rescue and yet declares God’s Word to be trustworthy and helpful. We read candid questions about God’s timing and a commitment to follow God’s guidance. This is the real stuff. Look at the context. The songwriter is following God’s instructions. God has something to say to you today.

2 Timothy 1

Paul’s being held prisoner again, in Rome. He writes a second letter to Timothy that would be his last. Knowing full well that he was facing death, Paul encourages Timothy to draw from the strength found in Jesus. They have come to realize that God made salvation available, through Jesus, and gave them purpose in life as a gift of grace. Their belief in this truth required them to be active learners, who were able to explain what they believed and why. Every Christian who wants to be a servant leader of others should take these words into careful consideration.

Jeremiah 48; 49:1-6

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God reveals plans to punish people who would not repent of their deplorable actions (including human sacrifice) in the worship of Molech and Chemosh. God also predicted that He would restore those nations of people after their punishment. Remember our God is alive, aware, able, and active. God is not ignorant. God is faithful in love. God is powerful with justice. One day we will all see this.