October 23  Proverbs 25:21-28; 26:1-2  2 Timothy 2  Jeremiah 49:7-39; 50:1-10

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 23  Proverbs 25:21-28; 26:1-2  2 Timothy 2  Jeremiah 49:7-39; 50:1-10

Proverbs 25:21-28; 26:1-2

We learn from Solomon’s proverbs the value of self-control. We should avoid silly arguments and gossip. Learning how to best interact with others will improve the quality of your life and theirs. Every day you have an opportunity to make the best with each challenge. Remember we are learning to draw wisdom from our relationship with God. We are applying these truths. This happens by thinking through practical lessons. This happens by thinking through the implications. This will bring about personal growth.

2 Timothy 2

Paul advises Timothy to draw strength from the grace found in Jesus. Paul reminds Timothy to mentor trustworthy people in teaching others this Good News. This included the putting away of silly arguments in favor of clear teaching focused on Jesus. Our faith in Jesus must be personal and transformative. It will motivate us to live focused on God’s purpose and free from carnal mess. A Jesus-kind of servant leader will be kind, “patient with difficult people”, and able to teach. They should seek to help people take the next steps in following Jesus (even those in opposition). This chapter is more helpful than most books on leadership found today. It is essential for Christians who want to become servant leaders of others.

Jeremiah 49:7-39; 50:1-10

God made public a plan to punish people who would not repent of their wrong. He also revealed His plan to restore those who would seek mercy, changing their ways. Here God is again seen through the lens of historical events, many of which were predicted. People from several nations read this account and learned about God. What can we learn about God through His interaction with human history? Clearly, God is alive, aware, able, and active. Are you catching this?