October 24  Psalm 119:89-96  2 Timothy 3  Jeremiah 50:11-46; 51:1-14

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 24  Psalm 119:89-96  2 Timothy 3  Jeremiah 50:11-46; 51:1-14

Psalm 119:89-96

The guidance of God has proven to be reliable for millions of people. It “stands firm in heaven”. Over thousands of years, people have found the Word of God to be life-giving. It is an inexhaustible resource. The songwriter has listened to God, studied the Words spoken by God in the past, and found God’s conversation to be personally transformative. God’s Word is truly life-giving. This poem talks about the Words of God helping in ways that other “perfect” things/words/people don’t. What is God saying to you today?

2 Timothy 3

Paul writes to encourage Timothy. He provides perspective on human nature. This should help Timothy understand that some challenges are to be expected. Paul reminds Timothy of how powerful he found the Scripture to be (when he received salvation, by trusting in Jesus). The Scripture is inspired by God and helps us learn how to live. It is God speaking to us. In the example of Paul and Timothy, we see the value of searching out God’s truth in the Scriptures with the help of others. It should be a community pursuit. The more we read the stories of the New Testament the more we should realize that the followers of Jesus did not live as a solo act. They followed Jesus as a shared experience. They supported each other. They helped each other.

Jeremiah 50:11-46; 51:1-14

God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah and unveils what He has been thinking. Jeremiah heard what God was feeling, thinking, and planning, as the Assyrians and Babylonians abused His people. God is always aware of what is going on with us. In His wisdom, and with love for us, God has chosen to give us a free will. There are times when God is watching to see what we are going to do. God has a plan. God has desires. God is speaking. God is giving direction. And God responds to the choices we make. God is calling us to respond to His will.