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Jeremiah 14:11-16:15 ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13 ~ Psalm 80:1-19 ~ Proverbs 25:1-5
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Old Testament – We have powerful readings in Jeremiah today! I love the exchanges between God and Jeremiah. Today in Jeremiah 15:16, we read these words of Jeremiah’s to God: “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.”
New Testament – The First Thessalonians readings today are nice! I found chapter 2 verse 18 to be an interesting verse: “We wanted very much to come, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us. ” I think this is an important reminder that Satan can indeed prevent good work from taking place in our lives. Through prayer, reading the Word, and obedience we can avoid some attacks. But, they will still come while we are in this world. I would just encourage you to keep in mind that Satan is real. Don’t dwell on this, but realize it is true. And that by growing your relationship with Jesus & God, I do believe great protection can come over you – but keep in mind that even a person as close to the Lord as Paul was prevented by Satan from doing some things Paul wanted to do.
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in First Thessalonians chapter 3 titled “The Concern Expressed” is at this link.
Below is a great Fall image of 1 Thessalonians 3:12 from today’s readings:
Psalms – Psalm 80 verse 19 today is powerful! “Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God Almighty. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” I like that opening – “turn us again to you God.” I don’t believe that God turns himself away from us – but that we do indeed turn ourselves away from God. And like the Psalmist, maybe sometimes we literally need to pray that God will turn us back toward him. I kind of come up with the imagery of us maybe sometimes being like pouty kids with our arms folded and our backs toward God – and God is looking at us lovingly – all we simply need to do is turn our face toward God and his grace will heal that pout and whatever is troubling us immediately…
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 25 verses 4 & 5 today are interesting: “Remove the dross from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.” I believe dross is some sort of impurity that is in silver when it is heated up. Actually, I just looked it up in the dictionary and dross means: “impurity: worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; “there were impurities in the water”” or “[n. DRAHSS] Something that is useless or worthless is dross. This noun refers to the less-than-desirable parts of something. Near synonyms include: refuse, rubbish, and impurity. Another more specific use of the word dross describes the scum or slag thrown off from metals in the process of melting them. It traces back to the Old English dros, which corresponds to the Middle Dutch droes and the Germanic dros. All of these are words for dregs (less than desirable parts).” So, this proverb is also saying the wicked in the king’s court is an impurity that must be removed for a secure reign with justice. This makes sense in a governmental sense. You don’t want crooks on the cabinet. But, I think this also works well in our own personal lives. Sin is a dross – an impurity – in our life that must be removed so that we will be of use to the “silversmith” – Jesus.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NIV)
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