Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13th: Psalms 7-9; Acts 18 ~ Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 7-9; Acts 18

A few things I noticed in today's reading:

Psalm 7:14

The wicked conceive evil;
    they are pregnant with trouble
    and give birth to lies.

What a cool analogy about being "pregnant" with trouble. Just as a women is pregnant with a child, it grows and grows until it is fully developed. Evil also often begins small, almost unnoticeable, and then it grows and grows until it cannot be ignored.

Psalm 9: 19-20

Arise, O Lord!
    Do not let mere mortals defy you!
    Judge the nations!
20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
    Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

Sometimes as we look around and see the chaos of the world right now we might think God is not seeing the evil that is in our world. We might desire to call out to God for judgement because we want to stop the madness that society proclaims as acceptable. We are just mere humans and sometimes we fail to realize that while others may be sinning differently than us, we ALL fall short of His kingdom.

Acts 18:3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers[b] just as he was.

For some reason, "just as he was" stood out for me today. I guess I never really thought of Paul as having a "real" job or skill....besides preaching and writing. I think that's something that we can appreciate about ourselves too. God has blessed us with many diverse skills and talents and we can use all of them to glorify him...whether making tents, preaching, or writing.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 10-12Acts 19:1-20


Nathan Reimer said...

Good point, in the second passage used (Psalm 9:19-20), we are all sinners in need of saving.

We look around and see many horrible things done and taught, and these people need to seek forgiveness and saving from God. But we are also not perfect and sin, and need to also ask for forgiveness and pray for wisdom to do better.

Tammy Reimer said...

Great point about the dangers of evil and how it can grow so quickly. We need to take sin seriously!