October 27  Proverbs 26:3-12  Titus 2  Habakkuk 1; 2; 3

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 27  Proverbs 26:3-12  Titus 2  Habakkuk 1; 2; 3

Proverbs 26:3-12

There are some arguments that are foolish. They don’t require a response. Getting involved in some conversations will have no benefit. Some people will spout words of wisdom without understanding. They may not actually believe such truth. They may not value it. Speaking the truth may not carry the value for them. Solomon gives us a contrast between people who are wise and people who are foolish. People, who are convinced that they are wise, are dangerous. If a person is no longer willing to learn, hope is diminished. Refusing to listen and repeating mistakes, they are walking a painful path unnecessarily.

Titus 2

Paul describes people of wisdom as worthy of respect. Such people can be seen exercising self-control. They have a strong faith. They are patient and filled with love. We should live in a way that honors God, as fully devoted followers of Jesus. We need a solid understanding of the Good News of Jesus so that we can build our lives upon it. All of this describes the lifestyle of someone who loves Jesus. This is a person who loves God with wholehearted personal devotion. They are living a life of active learning. They connected with God and the world around them. They are focused. They are walking by faith. This life is not a solo act. It is a life of shared values and experiences. It is a sharing with a local community of Jesus’ followers. It is connected with everyone who is living in the same way. On the day that Jesus returns to earth, we will have a perfect understanding of this. Let us live with hope.

Habakkuk 1; 2; 3

Habakkuk is a prophet of faith for the people of Judah. He has seen the pervasive violence resulting from the people’s rejection of God. We read the conversation between him and God. Why God? How long God? Why God, would you use evil people to bring about your will? The prophet is answered by God, who asks him to be patient. God reassures Habakkuk that one day His glory will fill the earth. In response, Habakkuk sings a request for mercy. The prophet promises to wait patiently for God. Habakkuk is drawing strength and joy from his relationship with God. Here we are reminded that interceding for others is the responsibility of spiritual leaders.