October 26  Psalm 119:105-112  Titus 1  Jeremiah 52

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 26  Psalm 119:105-112  Titus 1  Jeremiah 52

Psalm 119:105-112

What should I do? The Word of God always has guidance for our next step. We will better understand this poem when we use the Scripture as a constant guide on the journey. When we interact with it like it is the Words that God is speaking to us. That is what it is! God is talking. Are you listening? Read the passage again, looking for the lessons learned by the songwriter. Think about the reality that this poem has been helpful for millions of people for thousands of years (where each stanza starts with the next letter in their alphabet so that they could memorize it easier because it is of utmost importance). This song of poetry is helpful.

Titus 1

Paul’s ministry team traveled in response to the directive of Jesus that they go and urge people to become followers of Jesus. They were faithful in teaching the truth Jesus brought them. As people became believers, this team led them in the next steps of following Jesus. This included water baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, a lifestyle of devotion, and intentional relationships with others. Paul reminds Titus of the value and qualifications of elders. The new “Christians” were served by elders. Such elders taught them, cared for them, prayed for them, and provided insight and oversight of the organization. They refuted false teachers who were spreading corruption. Today Jesus’ followers should be served in the same way by church leadership. We do our best to do the same. I am thankful for our eldership. They are wonderful.

Jeremiah 52

The prophetic ministry of Jeremiah comes to a close, after 66 years. Through the generations, he saw people reject the relationship available with God, in favor of worshipping things of this earth. Such rejection was painful. It hurt God and it hurt them. The city of Jerusalem and the Temple of Yahweh God are destroyed as God allows punishment for their wrongdoing. They rejected God’s guidance. Let’s not repeat their mistake. Let us respond to God’s guidance faithfully.