October 29  Psalm 119:121-128  Philemon 1  Lamentations 2:7-22; 3:1-39

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 29  Psalm 119:121-128  Philemon 1  Lamentations 2:7-22; 3:1-39

Psalm 119:121-128

The poet believes that vindication will be found by following the guidance of God. He is looking for protection from the actions of evil people. He sings, “God I am following Your ways. Protect me from people who are headed in the opposite direction. God, please help me understand what You have said. Help me see the way to follow You.” May God grant us the discernment we need to understand the Way to live and the guidance found in the Scripture.

Philemon 1

Onesimus has come to faith in Jesus after meeting Paul, who was being held as a prisoner in Rome. Onesimus had been a slave to Philemon. It’s possible that he was a bondservant who was constrained to work off a debt. Onesimus had stolen from Philemon and fled Colosse, where Philemon had come to faith in Jesus and joined the church. Philemon’s encounter with Jesus caused him to be a person who gave loving kindness to others. Paul appeals to this new essential ingredient of who Philemon is. Paul writes, asking him to receive Onesimus as a brother in Christ. Paul asks that Philemon’s forgiveness would include transferring any debt of Onesimus to Paul himself. This underscores the truth that followers of Jesus should treat other followers of Jesus as spiritual family regardless.

Lamentations 2:7-22; 3:1-39

Jeremiah is weeping and sharing the sorrow of God at the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Their place of worship is no longer a place of love. In the midst of sorrow, Jeremiah remembers the faithful love of the Lord. He reminds us that it is good to wait patiently for the Lord. We see that God is not ignorant of the people’s coldhearted indifference toward Him. God allows tragic events in hopes of it causing the people to return to Him. They ignored God’s warning and an awful time of loss followed. In Lamentations 3:21-26, any courageous decision to live in hope was based on the never-ending faithful love of God. We see a poignant question: Why complain when we are punished for our sin? God is alive, aware, able, and active.