Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25th: Jeremiah 51-52, Philippians 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 51-52; Philippians 3

I love this portion of our OT passage.....
15 “It is he who made the earth by his power,
    who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
16 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
    and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
    and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

We had some severe (for us) weather here yesterday, including 2 tornadoes in our province (but a few hours away from us).  Nothing compared to what they see in tornado alley, but still a powerful reminder that we really have no control over so many things in our lives, and that ultimately God alone is sovereign over everything from the weather to the nation in power.

The OT concludes with the foretold destruction of Jerusalem, after years of prophetic warnings that went unheeded by the people.  So often God's patience in delaying judgment is mistaken as leniency or that no judgment is coming - that is far from the case!  Don't delay today in turning to Him!

Our NT passage reminds us that our righteousness does not and cannot come from anything we have done, but only comes through faith in the work of Christ Jesus on our behalf.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Joel 1-3; Philippians 4


Conrad said...

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

I had a picture of running a race will reading this verse. We need to keep our eye on the finish line, running full steam ahead while not looking back. To run a race you need to train, it's no different being a Christian.

Pamela said...

"Let not the archer bend his bow,
and let him not stand up in his armor."

We can have all the "earthly" protection we think can save us from destruction and yet it is worthless.

50 “You who have escaped from the sword,
go, do not stand still!
Remember the Lord from far away,
and let Jerusalem come into your mind:

Do not stand still. We are not commanded to be passive. We need to remember and focus on God's word to know how to stay close to Him and not bend to society's pressure to be contrary to God's design.