Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday, August 29th: Psalms 126-128, 2 Corinthians 8 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 126-128; 2 Corinthians 8

Psalm 126 points to God and His power alone to release us from the captivity of sin and restore us to right relationship with Him.

Psalm 127 was written by Solomon and contains shades of Ecclesiastes - everything in our lives is senseless without God.

Psalm 128 was often sung at Israelite marriages and is a reminder that God is the true head of the home.

What struck me in 2 Corinthians was the need to be generous with the correct motives.  The churches in Macedonia had given to the point of sacrificial giving with pure motives.  Are we giving the way the Macedonian church gave?  Our of dedication to Christ, love for our fellow believers, the joy of helping those in need, as well as the fact that it's simply the right thing to do?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 129-131; 2 Corinthians 9


Conrad said...

I agree, having the correct motives is key.

"and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us." 2 Corinthians 8:5

How often do I do what is the easiest or most convenient for me? This challenged me to remember to first give it to God, and then God willing, He will give it back to me to carry through.

Pamela said...

This verse stood out for me:

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

We can build and plan and watch and try and do everything on our own but it is futile. We can't make something happen ourselves...well we can...but it often doesn't turn out very well. One of my favourite verses is Proverbs 16:9 and this verse made me think about making my plans but the Lord is still directing my steps. I can't do it on my own.