September 9  Proverbs 22:7-16  2 Corinthians 11:1-15  Isaiah 20; 21; 22; 23

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 9  Proverbs 22:7-16  2 Corinthians 11:1-15  Isaiah 20; 21; 22; 23

Proverbs 22:7-16

God brings happiness and fulfillment to those who are generous to people who are poor. Many Bible verses refer to God’s thoughts about our attitude and actions toward those living in poverty. We do not see a directive for us to pass judgment on their character prior to determining whether or not we will be generous. God’s love compels us to look for ways to meet the needs of others. We should take note of the influence that “purity of heart and gracious speech” brings. Another truth from this section is that when we choose debt we are giving up a measure of our freedom. We are then giving someone else more influence in our lives.

2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Paul is concerned that the Corinthians believers might become deceived by false teachers. They had interacted with people claiming to be Christian teachers who were not teaching the truth, that the apostles had received from Jesus and faithfully taught abroad. We must also be careful to focus on the pure teaching of Jesus as seen in Scripture. We should develop our ability to distinguish this from false teaching. We read about the contrast between the genuine selfless motives Paul had proven through years of his actions and the selfish motives of these false teachers. This should be an important lesson for us.

Isaiah 20; 21; 22; 23

Repeatedly through the decades, the Israelites walked away from the loving relationship God made available. People in Jerusalem feasted when God was calling them to turn from their mistakes. In dramatic fashion, God predicted punishment for this. God is aware of what they are thinking and feeling. God reveals His response to the motives, actions, and words of the Jews, Arabs, Africans, and other people groups from the region. God replaced a specific corrupt palace official. God is aware. 22:15-25 is a powerful image to be learned from. Self-centered pride will see God’s consequences. Those who are humble and repentant will find God to be merciful and gracious. Our God is a God of mercy and justice.