Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday, September 20th: 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1-2, Psalm 126, Psalm 147 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1-2, Psalm 126, Psalm 147

Scripture
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. Psalm 126:5

Observation
In my Bible, this verse has a little cross beside it which points me to a different passage (Galatians 6:9) which reads: So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
Application
When life isn't going our way, and the answer to our prayers seems so distant, we need to not give up. We need to keep doing what is right and honourable in God's eyes. As my wise mother told me once, you can either be a slave to fear, or a slave to Christ. One brings hopelessness and destruction, the other brings love and hope. We may not get our reward here on earth, but we can be sure that if we do what God would find right and honouring to His Name, we will get our reward in Heaven.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us to never lose sight of Your love. Help us to trust in You, the Author of our stories, even when we can't see anything but the troubles around us. Help us to always hope, always trust, and always persevere. Help us to remember that You are good all the time. Bless us today as we walk in a world that does not follow you, and help us to never forget the joy that is coming for the ones who fear You. Amen.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Ezra 3:1-4:5, Daniel 10-11

3 comments:

Nathan Reimer said...

Psalm 147:10&11
He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse
or in human might.
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

How often we think the way verse 10 goes, we admire and show utmost respect for human accomplishment, when really our focus and admiration, and our own longing, should be for those who fear God and have utmost respect for Him

Conrad said...

Psalm 147:5. - how great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!

Do we really give God the glory He deserves? His power being absolute means that it can not be diminished, but rather it is perfect, pure, fixed, independent, and universal! We all know this, so why wouldn't we want to place our trust in Him?

Tammy Reimer said...

I love the fulfillment of prophecy in today's passage..... God used a pagan king to accomplish His purpose. Amazing!

Psalm 126:2 We were filled with laughter,
and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”

Are we overflowing with joy at the amazing things God has done for us?