Bible in 365 Days – Day 212

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Focus Chapters:

  • Jeremiah 5:20-31
  • Jeremiah 6
  • 2 Kings 22:3-20
  • 2 Chronicles 34:8-28

 

Standout Verse(s):

Jeremiah 5:25 NLT

Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Our wickedness deprives us of the blessings God has in store for us.

    Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

  2. Our sinfulness robs us of the good things God wants to bestow on us.

    Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

     

Application:

I recently read a story of a champion swimmer who met in an accident, a month before a major swim meet. The accident left the swimmer with a broken leg, a dead friend and a guilty conscience. The sad thing is that this could all have been avoided. The accident was due to a terrible choice, drunk driving. The accident nearly cost the swimmer her future and cost her the chance of anchoring her team to victory.

Like that swimmer, we often shoot ourselves in the foot or put a spanner in the timing of our purpose fulfilment when we allow the things we shouldn’t do, sin and wickedness, to run rampant in our lives. God cannot bless us the way He wants to if we are full of wickedness and locked off from Him. He cannot bestow the good things upon us if we allow sin to reign in our lives. Sin and wickedness do not mix with God. If you want the full extent of the blessings and good things God have in store for you, you have a choice to make. Sin and wickedness OR God? You cannot have both.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 211

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Focus Chapters:

  • Jeremiah 2:1-23-37
  • Jeremiah 3-4
  • Jeremiah 5:1-19

 

Standout Verse(s):

Jeremiah 2:26 NLT

“Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets— all are alike in this.

 

Observation (s):

  1. All of Israel, no matter the position, felt no guilt about their sinful action unless they were caught.

    “Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets— all are alike in this.

     

Application:

As a child, there were several sweet treats that I loved: milo, condensed milk and sugar. Many times, during my childhood, I would sneak and steal out these things with no thought of the consequences. My focus was primarily on instant gratification and ensuring that my mother didn’t catch me. More times than not, I got away with my acts and lost no sleep over it, thinking only of the next time that I could taste the pleasures that my sweet tooth relished.

Eventually, like Israel, I got caught with my hand stuck in the proverbial cookie jar. In that moment, thinking more about the whooping that was in store for me, I expressed the remorse that was expected of me, hoping it would reduce my punishment. The source of my remorse came not from sincerely acknowledging that what I had done was wrong but from a place of playing on the love of my mom and her desire to believe that I respected the consequences of my actions. My knee-jerk manipulation worked a few times until I finally received the whooping I had worked for.

One of my favourite verses, Proverbs 15:3, declares that God, Our Father, is all-seeing. Even though we are not seen by humans and held accountable for our actions as they happen, God sees all and expects us to be truly accountable. It is not okay to sin without thought of your actions and the ripples they create. It is not okay to continue sinning because you haven’t been caught and held accountable by humans. As Christians, we need to be above reproach from the get-go. We should live a life that is an example to others, so that there is no need for us, like Israel, to be likened to thieves who feel shame only when caught.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 210

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 21:1-9
  • 2 Chronicles 33:1-9
  • 2 Kings 21:10-17
  • 2 Chronicles 33:10-19
  • 2 Kings 21:18
  • 2 Chronicles 33:20
  • 2 Kings 21:19-26
  • 2 Chronicles 33:21-25
  • 2 Kings 22:1-2
  • 2 Chronicles 34:1-7
  • Jeremiah 1
  • Jeremiah 2:1-22

 

Standout Verse(s):

Jeremiah 1:5‭-‬8 NLT

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” “O Sovereign Lord ,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord , have spoken!”

 

Observation (s):

  1. God ordained and set Jeremiah apart for a specific purpose before he was even born.

    “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

  2. God guarantees that He will guide you, when He appoints us to fulfil our purpose. We have no need to fear.

    “O Sovereign Lord ,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord , have spoken!”

     

Application:

God knew and ordained Jeremiah as His prophet before he was even born.

Life can get so confusing and hard at times. Despite this confusion, I can’t help but feel comforted when I hear that I was created for a specific purpose. It takes some of the fear and anxiety of the process, knowing that God is beside me every step of the way. Imagine, if you are ordained and following the plan, God laid out for you, you have no reason to fear or doubt. Your age doesn’t matter. Look how God guided young Samuel and Josiah. Your personal ineptitudes doesn’t matter either. Moses had a stutter but with God by his side, he became a great leader.

Don’t be afraid. You are ordained and God is with you and will guide you through anything He has ordained you to do.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 209

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 63:15-19
  • Isaiah 64-66
  • 2 Kings 20:20-21
  • 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 64:7‭-‬8 NLT

Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. And yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When we don’t acknowledge God’s place in our lives, He is forced to leave us to our sinful natures.

    Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.

  2. Abandoning us is not what God intended, in His role as our Father and Potter who shapes our lives.

    And yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Application:

Imagine how you feel when the persons you love acknowledge your role and your influence in their lives. Does it make you feel loved, important and seen? If we, as humans, crave this recognition from our loved ones, why is it so hard for us to afford that recognition to God?

God is the Potter who shapes the clay that is our lives. When we refuse to acknowledge His influence on our lives, He is forced to hand us over to the sins that will mar the perfection of the vessels He has lovingly formed with His hands. Will you acknowledge your Father today? Call on His name.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 208

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 58-62
  • Isaiah 63:1-14

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 58:3‭-‬5 NLT

‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?

 

Observation (s):

  1. The Israelites invested a lot of time and effort into seeming spiritual.

    You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes.

  2. Despite their efforts, God was not impressed or pleased.

    “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves.

  3. God called out the Israelites on their deceptive spirituality.

    Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me.

     

Application:

We place a lot of emphasis on appearances. It’s curious the amount of effort we will put into creating the appearance that we are doing something rather than actually doing it. Our efforts amounts to nothing but time wasted that is not impactful and that can never be regained.

Isaiah highlights the importance of shunning this habit, especially on a spiritual level. The Israelites invested a lot of effort into “going through the motions of penance”. They perfected the appearance of looking repentant while their non-spiritual actions pinpointed otherwise. They only fooled themselves because God was not impressed or pleased.

What good is fasting when you continue to oppress, fight and quarrel with others? What good is fasting when you embrace all appearances of evil? Maintaining a spiritual facade is all for naught. The only person you are fooling is yourself. Your spiritual devotion should guide your non-spiritual actions.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 207

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 52:13-15
  • Isaiah 53-57

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 52:13‭-‬15 NLT

See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. And he will startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God’s servant did not have the appearance that was appealing by the world’s standards.

    But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.

  2. Despite his unappealing appearance, he lived his purpose and was highly exalted to the point where he was brought before kings.

    And he will startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about.

     

Application:

We place a lot of emphasis on appearances. When I first got baptized, I felt a lot of pressure to fit into the appearances of my church. When I attended school, there was a lot of pressure to look a certain way, even though we all wore the same uniform. When we enter the work world, there are a whole set of rules and regulations about what is deemed appropriate professional wear. And at home, even there, we often find no peace. Despite the emphasis, our appearances does not often effectively declare the merits of our character.

The Lord reference to his servant pinpoints one integral thing: We are judged by our appearances yet our appearances have nothing to do with our purpose and how God chooses to use us. God’s servant’s appearance was not pleasing to the eyes. In fact, many would have probably overlooked him. Instead, this all changed when he begun to fulfil his purpose. He warranted a second and a third and a fourth look. Kings gave him audience and stood speechless before him. Many looked on in amazement. This man who was hard to look at became highly exalted!

Don’t worry too much about fitting in, appearance-wise. Focus your energies on being available to be used by God to fulfil your purpose. Good appearance or not, being used by God will make room for you.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 206

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 48:12-22
  • Isaiah 49-51
  • Isaiah 52:1-12

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 51:7 NLT

“Listen to me, you who know right from wrong, you who cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Don’t allow your fear of being scorned or insulted to prevent you from doing what is right.

    “Listen to me, you who know right from wrong, you who cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults.

     

Application:

Our fear of isolation and being considered different can cause us to ignore what is right. I can think of a couple times over the years of my Christian life when I’ve let my fear of being “the only one” push me into rejecting all outside appearances of my relationship with God. I was a Christian at church and a Christian nowhere else.

As Christians, we are called to be different and avoid conforming to the world. Do not be afraid of being insulted or scorned because you choose to do what is right and follow God’s law. The man who avoids the risk will never taste the rewards of daring to be different and standing up for God. When you proudly associate yourself with God, He will proudly associate Himself with you. Do not allow the fear of isolation and scorn to be the reason you disassociate yourself from God.


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