September 11  Psalm 106:40-48  2 Corinthians 12:1-10  Isaiah 27; 28

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?

September 11  Psalm 106:40-48  2 Corinthians 12:1-10  Isaiah 27; 28

Psalm 106:40-48

Let’s remember that this Psalm is recounting the specific repeated choice of particular people to walk away from the love God made available. This rejection carried consequences. With the goal of restoration in mind, God allowed them to be taken over by other nations. The spiritual idolatry of the Israelites brought an angry response from God. When they cried out to God, He remembered His covenant agreement with them and, by His unfailing love, He pulled back the punishment. Our God is a God of mercy and justice. It is a personal relationship. If we cannot control ourselves, we will eventually give control of our lives to forces that are not trustworthy. Let us love God with wholehearted devotion instead.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Paul refers to an indescribable vision that he had, of heaven. Hearing from God was not something Paul would brag about. Instead, He pointed to the power of God seen in the fact that anything good could come despite his human weakness. By God’s Word, Paul learned to see spiritual strength in natural weakness. He was happy to see that difficulty in this life was leading him to the strength found in relying on God. That is an eternal perspective.

Isaiah 27; 28

The Day of the Lord will bring fulfillment of God’s mercy and justice. God will watch over His people. Isaiah describes an apocalyptic scene of God’s final judgment and restoration of His people to the loving peace of worship. The people are called to make peace with God. We see that it is foolish to walk away from God. Drunkenness obscures their ability to hear from God. The leaders if Israel had been given to alcoholism. Their judgment was impaired. They tried to cheat death by bargaining with God. Through Isaiah, God predicts a Savior who would set things right in a call for repentance. They are called to listen and to watch for the coming Messiah, a “precious cornerstone”. If they will believe, they will not need to be shaken. God’s Son would bring a peace that is supernatural.