Old Testament – Today in First Chronicles chapter 11 we read about David’s Mighty Men! I do love reading about the story of his men who went to the well in Bethlehem to bring David that water that he so loved – when Bethlehem was occupied by the Philistines! These men were no joke. They risked everything to please David. I wonder about this in our lives today. Are we as dedicated to Jesus as these Mighty Men were dedicated to David? Are you willing to risk everything for Jesus? However, keep in mind that we don’t need to do un-called for risky things for Jesus – like these Mighty Men didn’t have to get that water from the well. But their zeal for David is impressive. I just pray we are at least that zealous for Jesus.
Today in 1 Chronicles 12 verse 18 we read – “Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who later became a leader among the Thirty, and he said, “We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you.”” Related to this verse, Tyndale’s One Year Bible Companion has the following answer to the question of ‘How did the Holy Spirit work in Old Testament times?’ – “When there was an important job to be done, God chose a person to do it, and the Spirit gave that person the needed power and ability. The Spirit gave Bezalel artistic ability, Jephthah military prowess, David power to rule, and Zechariah an authoritative word of prophecy. Here the Holy Spirit came upon David’s warriors. The Spirit came upon individuals in order to accomplish specific goals. Beginning at Pentecost, however, the Spirit came upon all believers, not only to empower them to do God’s will, but also to dwell in them day by day.”
New Testament – Today we finish the book of Acts! Romans begins tomorrow! Interesting segment in today’s readings when Paul encounters the snake on the island of Malta. Everyone first believes that justice is being done, and that Paul will die by the snake. When he doesn’t die, they then decide he is a god. Interesting… They were first cursing him, then suddenly worshiping him. I wonder if we do this in our lives too?
- Do we sometimes curse things one minute and then worship them the next?
- Do we sometimes even do this with God?
- Let us pray for consistency in our lives and actions, in particular in the area of Who we worship.
We then read in today’s readings about Paul arriving in Rome and beginning to preach the Gospel just 3 days after he arrives! Paul wastes no time. He is so focused on preaching the Gospel that he makes it happen no matter what. I think we would do well to pay attention to Paul’s zeal for the Gospel.
- Why do you suppose Paul was so zealous for the Gospel?
- Should we be zealous for the Gospel today like Paul was back then?
- Are you zealous for the Gospel today like Paul was back then?
Okay, in Acts chapter 28 we have a very important verse for all of us to pay attention to. Verse 28. These are Paul’s last words recorded in Acts. Commentaries suggest that this verse is actually the main point of the book of Acts. So if you remember nothing else from the book of Acts, remember the book was about this: “So I want you to realize that this salvation from God is also available to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.” Seems like such a simple verse… But do you see the weight of it?
- Do you believe that salvation from God is available to all?
- Have you accepted this salvation?
- Perhaps now is a good time for us to remember Paul’s acceptance of this salvation on the Road to Damascus earlier in our Acts readings, as painted by the artist Michelangelo below in the year 1544 –
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s Acts readings titled “Paul in Rome” is at this link.
Psalms – Psalm 9 verse 9 stood out to me today – “The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”
- When you are in trouble, do you run to God for shelter?
- Or do you look elsewhere?
- Where will you ultimately find true peace and rest from the storms of life?
- Do you believe that the Bible can be a haven for you in the midst of the storms of life?
Proverbs – Today in Proverbs 19 verse 2 we read: “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.” How does this Proverb speak to you? I know it is very convicting to me – particularly the part about being hasty. I am someone who oftentimes finds myself “hurrying.” And when I am hurrying, I am usually worrying. And at this point I am missing everything else going on around me. I’m living in my “own private world”. I am missing the Way. I do believe that God is a passionate God and wants us to be passionate people – particularly for things that are of importance to God, such as serving the poor. But, I don’t think that God wants us to be zealous and hasty people who do not really know what we are zealous and hasty about. We need godly knowledge.
- Where do you suppose we can obtain godly knowledge? (hint – the Holy Book. . . 🙂
- How about you?
- Are you zealous?
- What are you zealous for?
- Are you seeking godly knowledge in your life each and every day?
- Are you hasty?
- Are you ever missing the Way because of your haste?
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Desire without knowledge is not good — how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” Proverbs 19:2 TNIV
- Pray that you crave godly knowledge.
- Pray that you are pursuing godly knowledge.
- Pray that you are not enslaved to your fleshly desires.
- Pray that you are not hasty in making major life decisions.
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- What verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?
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