Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday, January 18th: Genesis 37:1-38:30, Matthew 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  Genesis 37:1-38:30, Matthew 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32

I noticed that Joseph was 17 years old during the events in today's reading, which is something I haven't noticed before. Since I'm currently still 17, I imagined myself as Joseph a little more this time as I read. I couldn't imagine being sold into slavery, being betrayed by my siblings, and thinking I would never see my family again.  What faith Joseph must have had in the Lord.

The other thing was, I notice that almost every time there is a sexual sin committed, the woman (in this case, Tamar) is almost always the one blamed, and it is usually by the man (in this case, Judah). I always find this very sad, and often get angry at the men like Judah who act like such hypocrites. But, this makes me think, how many times have I acted just like these men, where I sin the same sin as someone else but only call them out for it without taking any blame for myself? The answer is probably a lot. Thankfully, it looks like Judah realized he was also guilty of sin in this story, and so should we be willing to admit when we have done something wrong.

We should always remember that anything anyone does is no worse than what we have done to Jesus. And yet, He still chose to set us free from the hurt we caused Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 39:1-41:16, Matthew 12:46-13:23, Psalm 17:1-15, Proverbs 3:33-35

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday, January 17th: Genesis 35 - 36:43, Matthew 12: 1-21, Psalm 15: 1-5, Proverbs 3: 21-26 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 35 - 36:43, Matthew 12: 1-21, Psalm 15: 1-5, Proverbs 3: 21-26

Matthew 12: 11-12
He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? [12] How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”


I remember as a child having to help my dad bring wood to my grandparents so they could heat their house, on a Sunday. I couldn't believe that I would have to do this, this was brutal!

I don't remember the details but I'm sure there was a good reason why it was being done that day because we never did work like that on Sundays, always a "Saturday" type of job.

Just as Jesus was saying in these verses, for us the job we did that Sunday couldn't wait and had to be done. A good lesson for me that I need to follow Jesus and what He wants - and not just a bunch of "rules".

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 37:1-38:30, Matthew 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday, January 16th: Genesis 32:13-34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 32:13-34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20

All of our choices have consequences, some of them much farther reaching then we could ever think.

After Jacob's reunion with Esau (which went much better than Jacob feared), Jacob didn't return to his home country as God instructed him to, or as he had told Esau he would.  Rather he went to Succoth and then to Shechem.   Never would he have forseen the disastrous consequences of that decision! 

We need to listen to God's instructions, and not base our decisions on our fears or what we think is best. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Genesis 35:1-36:43, Matthew 12:1-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 3:21-26

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tuesday, January 15th: Genesis 31:17-32:12; Matthew 10:24-11:6; Psalm 13:1-6; Proverbs 3:16-18 ~ Jeannine

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 31:17-32:12; Matthew 10:24-11:6; Psalm 13:1-6; Proverbs 3:16-18

“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it." Matthew 10:37-39

I find it so interesting how often the words of the New Testament passages fit with what we read in the Old.

This verse stuck out today and it goes along with what Tammy said yesterday. Jesus is all we should be clinging to in this life. And that is not always easy...especially when our hearts were made to love so very deeply. As my children get older and are moving into adulthood I'm finding it so difficult to let go. Some days I know that am clinging onto them. And I'm realizing that maybe I've been so focused on parenting my kids than they've in some ways taken a place in my heart that God should be filling. So I'm praying that God will help me release them and fill the hole that this may leave and then trusting that He has good things in store for my children - that He loves them so much more than I ever can.

I just recently read this article called Sacred Parenting: Perfecting Holiness and really feel this excerpt says what I'm trying to say...

"God may be telling us, Grow in Me every day — in faith, patience, virtue, love, and worship, and let that faith and growth perfume your house and anoint your children."

"Our own spiritual quest must drive our parenting. Unfinished or neglected spiritual business inevitably works its way out through our relationships in a negative fashion. We become more demanding, more controlling, more intolerant, more resentful. Our children cannot quench the God-given spiritual hunger in our souls. When we neglect God, we may ask our parenting to become stand-ins for God — something it was never designed to do."

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageGenesis 32:13-34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20

Monday, January 14th: Genesis 30:1-31:16, Matthew 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 30:1-31:16, Matthew 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15 

It's heartbreaking to read the story of Leah and Rachel in our passage today.  Leah wants Jacob to love her, and Rachel wants children.  Though both are very normal things, and good things to want, it becomes their driving focus to the point of sinfulness. 

The truth is, the only thing we truly NEED is Jesus.  There are so many other blessings in our lives that we cherish, no doubt.  And to a certain extent we do need them.  God created us for relationship, and the desire for a spouse and children is good.  But we do have to be willing to live with the attitude that Jesus is enough.  Obviously, this is much easier said than done, but the fact that a truth is difficult, doesn't make it less true. 

Jesus is enough.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageGenesis 31:17-32:12, Matthew 10:24-11:6, Psalm 13:1-6, Proverbs 3:16-18

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13th: Genesis 28:1-29:35, Matthew 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 3:11-12 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 28:1-29:35, Matthew 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 3:11-12

Matthew 9:36-38 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
This was the focus verse in my devotional today, and the prayer was a more difficult one to pray honestly......

Lord, you are in charge of the harvest of the souls of men and women. Only your Spirit can call and convict and convert. But your Spirit uses the proclamation of your Word to bring this about. So I'm praying that you will send more workers, more proclaimers to bring in a harvest of souls. But I can't pray for ore workers without also praying that you would show us what it means for our family to be workers in your fields. And I can't pray for our children without offering them up to be a worker in your fields, even if that proves uncomfortable or costly. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Genesis 30:1-31:16, Matthew 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday, January 12th: Genesis 26:17-27:46; Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 26:17-27:46; Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10

Our NT passage shows us that we sometimes fail to recognize our greatest need.  The paralyzed man's friends had faith that Jesus could heal their friend of his paralysis, but what they didn't recognize was that his spiritual need was even greater than his physical need.

Maybe we think that our need of a job, or physical healing, or relief from stress, or mending of relationship is most important - and make no mistake, they are important needs and Jesus wants us to bring them to Him.

But maybe our greater need is salvation, or a willingness to forgive, or a determination to rid a specific sin from our lives, or practicing faith in God despite hard circumstances. 

Jesus wants to meet our greatest needs first.  I pray we prioritize the way Jesus did.



Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageGenesis 28:1-29:35, Matthew 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 3:11-12

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday, January 11th: Genesis 24:52-26:16; Matthew 8:18-34; Psalm 10:1-15; Proverbs 3:7-8

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 24:52-26:16; Matthew 8:18-34; Psalm 10:1-15; Proverbs 3:7-8

“So they called Rebekah. “Are you willing to go with this man?” they asked her. And she replied, “Yes, I will go.”
Genesis 24:57-58

I can imagine all the things Rebekah must have been feeling, probably a lot of fear. She had no idea who this servant was, and no idea who this man was that she would marry. She was probably sad to leave her family, knowing she would likely never see them again. Yet, Rebekah listened to God, and even given an opportunity to back out, she said: “Yes, I will go.”


We need to try to be like Rebekah in this story. We need to put our fears, anger, and sadness away, and we need to put our trust in God. Instead of worrying about all the things that could go wrong, say: “Yes, God, I will go.” Trust that God will provide, and that no matter what is a part of His plan for you, He is with you every step of the way. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageGenesis 26:17-27:46; Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday, January 10th: Genesis 23:1 - 24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6 ~ Nathan


Genesis 24:50-51
Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. [51] Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the Lord has directed. ”

The faith shown by both Isaac and Rebekah's sides is amazing. One side went on a journey to a far away land, by faith, to find a wife for Isaac. The other side believed Isaac's side and sent their daughter Rebekah with these "strangers" back to a far away land to marry Isaac. Truly God was at work here in many ways.

Matthew 8: 8-9
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. [9] For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it.”

Amazed by the proper attitude and show of respect for Jesus from this centurion. This centurion had authority amongst his peers, but knows Jesus is way above any of them, or us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9th: Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 7:15-29, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 7:15-29, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22

God doesn't always step in to save us from ourselves or prevent us from sinning.  But in Genesis 20 He did intervene.

This is now the second time Abraham has lied about his relationship with Sarah out of fear.  It's also worth noting that our passage says Sarah kept up the deception as well.  Though the Bible teaches that wives are to submit to their husbands, they are absolutely not supposed to follow them into sin.  Our allegiance to God and His ways has to be our highest priority.

The reason God intervened is quite simple - there could be absolutely no doubt that Abraham was the father of Isaac, so there could be no hint of Sarah having any other sort of sexual relationship with anyone else.  This time, God intervened.

We cannot count on God to intervene when we are sinning, or for Him to allow us to escape the consequences of our actions.  We reap what we sow, and despite there being grace and forgiveness, there is still repercussion for sin.  We don't sin in a vacuum.  Our sin hurts people around us, always.  Abraham and Sarah's sin hurt Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants.  Not to mention the damage we do to God's reputation when we, who claim to be His followers, fall into sin.

We cannot become complacent about sin.  We must always be vigilant!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageGenesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6