September 14  Psalm 107:10-22  Galatians 1  Isaiah 33; 34; 35

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 14  Psalm 107:10-22  Galatians 1  Isaiah 33; 34; 35

Psalm 107:10-22

In retrospect, Psalm 107 calls people to praise the God of love. Learning from the constant work of redemption throughout their history, the Israelites would sing this prayer. Over and over, God proved His love to be way beyond the norm. With jaw-dropping miracles, God took action for His people. Psalm 107 refers to these specific stories and calls us to praise God.

Galatians 1

Personal interaction with Jesus Christ was life-changing for Paul. His identity and purpose were reshaped. This relationship was now foundational and most important for him. Responding to the opposition and false accusation, Paul did not point to his own heritage in ancestry, ethnicity, education, accomplishments, or economic standing as most important. Paul points to Jesus. False teachers mentioned in Acts 15:1 had been following the apostles’ church planting travels. They sought selfish gain by earning recognition. They taught a mixture of Jesus’ teaching and Jewish customs added to Moses’ teaching. This resulted in the twisted idea that salvation came by faith and works and that we are “perfected” by good works. Paul writes to teach our freedom by faith in Jesus and to refute this perversion.

Isaiah 33; 34; 35

Respect for God, a constant awareness of, a reverence for God will be life-giving enriching strength to you if you choose it. Then you will see God (as seen in Isaiah 33:5-6). Isaiah communicates God’s response to people of all nations. We clearly see God as alive, aware, able, and active. God has plans. God gives us a free will and will hold us accountable for our choices. God had observed the Assyrians respecting no one else, destroying, and betraying. God in heaven will be the source of ultimate salvation and forgiveness. “Let people from the whole world listen!” God is in control. God will bring restoration according to His own will. Then there will be a complete joy.