Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Corinthians 16, Psalm 128, Ezra 9-10
Today's scripture focus is Genesis 35
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Observation: God calls us to be obedient. God is faithful. God calls us to remember. God's grace covers us when we are following a wrong path.
Application: Even though Jacob and his household were in possession of "foreign gods" God still called him and spoke to him and gave him instructions. God still wanted to be active in Jacob's life. God never gives up on us. Never. God is always faithful and he reminded Jacob of this when He said to Jacob to go where He had appeared to Jacob in Jacob's time of need before. No matter what we have done, God's grace will cover us. Yesterday, our pastor preached a sermon on Revelation 2:1-7. (You can listen and watch the message in its entirety here) and Pastor Ron's main point to take away from the sermon was: "Remember, Repent, and Do". Remember-what God has done in the past and your relationship with Him. Repent-from your sinful ways. Do-things differently. Jacob was asked to do these same things. Remember when God was with him when he was fleeing from Esau. Repent from his foreign idol worship and to purify himself and his household and change (literally) from their old ways. Do things differently ...leave the place where you are comfortable.
Prayer: Lord, your word is so powerful even all these years later. The message connects and repeats and is so applicable to our lives even today. We are so forgetful. We have trouble seeing beyond our current needs and wants and we so often forget the ways you have been with us through the difficult times in the past. Help us to remember the past. Guide our hearts to repentance. Help us to do things different because we know you don't want us to settle for less. Amen.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Genesis 36
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Corinthians 17, Psalm 129, Nehemiah 1-2