September 8  Psalm 106:16-31  2 Corinthians 10  Isaiah 17; 18; 19

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 8  Psalm 106:16-31  2 Corinthians 10  Isaiah 17; 18; 19

Psalm 106:16-31

The lessons learned from specific people are unpacked for us in Psalm 106, Hebrews 3, and Numbers 25. They complained about life. They walked away from the love commitment God had made to them. This group of people traded in the glorious God, who had miraculously provided for them and rescued them, for the worship of pleasure (in sexual sin) and gods made by their own hands. We learn from Phinehas, who chose to believe that God would do what He said. Let’s not be distracted from worship by our carnal nature.

2 Corinthians 10

Paul writes about the value of an eternal perspective. We can come to understand what will last forever. This will helps us resist pride and many other mistakes. It will help us avoid distractions and building frustrations. Eternal perspective based on God’s value system will lead to grace and peace. Facing opposition from people trying to dissuade the Corinthian believers, Paul speaks of spiritual influence that comes from God. This quality of leadership is one of interdependence and healthy relationships. It is not one of lording over people through intimidation or manipulation. Sadly many of today’s leadership books carry a mixture of this sort. Paul’s focus on Jesus led to a resolve to help others remove any obstacle they face to following Jesus. Here we read that they hoped the faith of the Corinthians would grow “so that this message of Jesus will ever be reaching more people”. It’s a rich chapter of leadership principles.

Isaiah 17; 18; 19

Through the prophet, Isaiah God reiterates the current state of Israel’s affairs. They have brought on themselves the consequence of turning away from their Creator, in favor of idols that they made to worship. God calls them to return to His love. God predicts a peaceful relationship with the Ethiopians and Egyptians. God informed the Egyptians that their plans and strength would not be superior to His own will. They will worship God and receive blessings from their Creator, who love them. This is the heart of God toward people from all nations, and quite clearly this includes the people of Africa. An honest look at Scripture must include that truth. Isaiah predicts that God would make Himself known to the people of Africa. This includes a blessing from God!