September 30  Psalm 115:1-11  Philippians 1:27-30; 2:1-11  Jeremiah 1; 2:1-30

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 30  Psalm 115:1-11  Philippians 1:27-30; 2:1-11  Jeremiah 1; 2:1-30

Psalm 115:1-11

God has not failed us. God is faithful in loving us. God is in the heavens and is worthy of our praise. Some people may scoff at our devotion to God. It is possible that they are devoted to things that cannot compare to the One True Living God. Let us praise the living God who is overflowing with faithful love. Our God will help and protect those who trust in Him. What is God like? What should I expect from God? This Psalm should inform the start of our day.

Philippians 1:27-30; 2:1-11

We should live in light of the truth of our identity as people whom Jesus has given new spiritual life. We share an amazing opportunity to live as people who have been redeemed. It is a gift to be able to trust Jesus. What God has done for me through Jesus brings peace. My decisions and my lifestyle can be informed by this peace. This changes how I look at the challenges I am facing. Paul and the Philippians looked at their opportunity to suffer for Jesus as a gift. In Philippians 2:1-11 Paul brings encouraging comfort from the love of Jesus Christ. When we consider deeply the example of Jesus we are motivated to live in this same say, sharing the love. And so let us abandon a “me first” approach to life. Let us choose Jesus-kind-of-agape-love. We can be faithful, patient, and kind to others because this is the way that Jesus first loved us. From this, we can be motivated to choose humility and selfless love. One day everyone will recognize the power of Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 1; 2:1-30

Jeremiah heard God’s voice. It shaped the way that he understood his own identity, value, and purpose. Jeremiah serves as a prophet to Judah for 66 years, recounting the history of their last 5 kings. He called them to repentance, showing God’s grace & mercy in the invitation. Jeremiah was able to do this because God commissioned Him to do so and gave him the ability to do so. God prepared him for the work and the opposition. God loves His people. Nothing good comes from His people turning away from Him. The Israelites worshipped other gods and their spiritual infidelity brought pain. It hurt God and it hurt them. We see in Jeremiah 1:12 that God is alive, aware, able, and active. In Jeremiah 2:5 God asks, “What did your ancestors find wrong with me?” We should learn from their story.