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2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22 ~ Romans 8:26-39
Psalm 18:37-50 ~ Proverbs 19:27-29
Old Testament - Today in Second Chronicles chapter 12 we read about Egypt invading Judah. Verse 9 tells us - "So King Shishak of Egypt came to Jerusalem and took away all the treasures of the Temple of the LORD and of the royal palace, including all of Solomon's gold shields."
New Testament - Today in Romans chapter 8 verses 27 through 29 we read these famous words of Paul’s – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Do you believe that we are more than conquerors through our relationship with Jesus? Does this encourage you to know this? Are you living your life in such a way that truly reflects that you know this? Do you believe that there is absolutely nothing in this world that can separate you from the love of God because of our relationship with Jesus as our Lord and Savior?
Bible.org's commentary on today's readings in Romans titled "Comforting Questions" is at this link.
Psalms - Today we finish up Psalm 18. (Psalm 19 tomorrow! So excited! :) The closing verse 50 of Psalm 18 today is powerful - and I believe can apply to both David and Jesus - "You give great victories to your king; you show unfailing love to your anointed, to David and all his descendants forever." Are you a spiritual descendent of David? Do you believe that God shows you unfailing love?
Proverbs - I love Proverbs 19 verse 27 today - "If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you have turned your back on knowledge." I am afraid that listening seems to be a lost skill in our world sometimes today. We have a hard time slowing down enough to actually listen to someone else. To stop thinking about our own self and to listen to someone else. And, if this is the case, then how much harder do you suppose it is for us to actually quiet the distractions around us to listen to God? Have we stopped listening to instruction? Are we turning our back on knowledge? Now - I do think the discipline of reading, studying, and meditating on God's Word, the Bible, is something that helps us get our listening skills back in fine tuned shape. I do applaud each of us for going through the One Year Bible, so that we can listen to God on a daily basis. But let us be ever vigilant to keep listening to instruction. Let us not turn our backs on knowledge.
What verses or insights jumped out for you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!