Bible in 365 Days – Day 186

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 47-49
  • Psalms 84-85
  • Psalms 87

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 49:16-20 NLT

So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid. For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave. In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success. But they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day. People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals.

 

Observation (s):

  1. In this lifetime, the rich is considered fortunate and applauded for their success.

    In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success. But they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day.

  2. When the rich die, they take nothing with them.

    So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid. For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.

Application:

The world’s definition of success is staunchly different from God’s. We tend to estimate the worth of an individual by their net worth and the size and cost of their physical properties. Some of us often become discouraged when we see the wicked becoming extremely prosperous successes, gaining more and more wealth. We consider them to be fortunate and applaud their success while they boast of or flaunt their wealth. Our view of them and theirs of themselves are often the rationale behind the accepted tendency to deem these individuals better than us and worthy of a separate category. By the world’s standards, they are successful but by God’s standards they are not.

Chase wealth but do not allow yourselves to be consumed by it. The riches of the wealthy cannot spare him from death. Like all living things, there will come a day when the “successful” wicked dies and must face judgement. No matter how fancy their lives or the quantity of their possessions, they die just like all living things before them.

Let your success be defined by your godliness. Strive to be a godly person who is wealthy.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 157

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Focus Chapters:

  • Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
  • Ecclesiastes 2-6

 

Standout Verse(s):

Ecclesiastes 4:4, 6:9 NLT

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Envy of their neighbours can motivate people to success.

    Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors.

  2. Enjoy what you have.

    Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have.

  3. Constantly chasing success without enjoying the fruits of your labour is a meaningless endeavour.

    Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

    Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

     

Application:

Chasing success due to envy is a never-ending unsatisfactory cycle. There is always something that will be better than what you have. According to the standards of the world, the definition of success changes daily. Today your neighbour’s success is determined by their ability to drive a fancy car. Tomorrow, it’s their ability to own their own home in an established area. Next year, it is something quite outlandish and untenable.

Solomon was on to something when he exhorted others to enjoy what they have today. Enjoy what you have now! While it is okay to dream and chase better, don’t forget to enjoy the hard-won harvest of today. Before you know it, you are too old to enjoy your labours or you have reached the end of your time on earth and have not enjoyed the life or blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon you. Your efforts would have been for naught – meaningless, like chasing the wind.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 122

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 24:1-9
  • 1 Chronicles 21:1-6
  • 2 Samuel 24:10-17
  • 1 Chronicles 21:7-17
  • 2 Samuel 24:18-25
  • 1 Chronicles 21:18-30
  • 1 Chronicles 22

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Chronicles 21:1-5, 7, 14 NLT

Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?”

But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah.

God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.

 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and 70,000 people died as a result.

 

1 Chronicles 22:1-5, 18 NLT

Then David said, “This will be the location for the Temple of the LordGod and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings!”

So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God. David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.

David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

“The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.

Observation (s):

  1. David triggered a census that did not receive God’s seal of approval.

    So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

    God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.

  2. David made preparations to build the Temple of the Lord. To show His approval, God gave Israel a season of peace.

    David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

    “The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.

     

Application:

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is a common phrase that has graced the front or back pages of examination booklets. It is true! Preparation is a necessary tool to reduce the risk of failure. However, a more critical tool is God’s stamp of approval on the intent behind our preparation activities.

While the intent behind the census is unclear, David triggered a census and roused God’s anger! Whatever David was making preparations for caused Israel to sin, as Joab had predicted. Eventually, the intent behind his preparations cost 70,000 Israelites their lives!

In another season, David begun preparations for building the Temple of God. Although he could have no part in building, he ensured that his young and inexperienced son, Solomon, would have all the materials he needed to make a magnificent memorial. God, in giving His stamp of approval, gave the Israelites a season of peace to carry out their preparations and execution.

What great plan or event are you preparing for? Ensure you have God’s stamp of approval. Preparation reduces the risk of failure but God’s stamp of approval guarantees success.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 81

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Focus Chapters:

  • Deuteronomy 33-34
  • Joshua 1-2

 

Standout Verse(s):

Joshua 1:8 NLT

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Joshua was told to study and meditate on the Book of Instruction continually. The intent was to ensure that he obeyed all that was written.

    Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

  2. Joshua’s obedience of all that was written in the Book of Instruction guaranteed his success and prosperity in all he did.

    Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

     

Application:

Developing a habit is hard work. However, it is so easy to maintain habits once we have acquired them. Developing habits can be correlated to the development an exercise jogging routine. At first, it is hard and you can only go a certain distance before your lungs and body start protesting. You have to force yourself to go. Overtime, you find yourself going further, extending yourself. Eventually, it becomes routine. Also, let’s not overlook the fact that the physical and mental effects of developing this routine tends to be amazing and worthwhile.

God wants us to have good spiritual habits. In fact, we are called to study and meditate on God’s Word continually to ensure we are in constant alignment with God. Developing the right spiritual habit requires hard work and dedication, however, the results are certainly worthwhile. Our constant alignment with God guarantees our success and prosperity in whatever we set our hands to. What’s a little hard work and when it guarantees such amazing results!


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 14

Focus Chapters:

  • Genesis 37-38
  • I Chronicles 2:3-6
  • I Chronicles 2:8
  • Genesis 39

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Genesis 39:20 NLT

So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.

 

THE REACTION

Genesis 39:21-23 NLT

But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Even when Joseph was put in prison, God did not forget him. God’s love is unfailing even as your situation gets darker. Joseph went from being a slave to being a slave and a prisoner, yet God did not forget him.

    But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love.

  2. God’s favour made Joseph the favourite wherever he went. He was the favourite of his father. He was the favourite of Potiphar. He became the favourite of the prison warden.

    And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.

  3. With favour comes responsibility. As Joseph found favour in the eyes of his keepers, his responsibilities and successes increased while his keepers’ worries decreased. He was charged with leading others and ensuring everything in the prison was as it should be. He gained more responsibilities because the men with whom he had found favour trusted him to execute.

    Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

     

Application:

I used to wonder why I was always being singled out to lead. For three consecutive years at church, I was the Assistant Youth Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Praise and Worship Leader and teacher at the Evening School. I could not hide or run from it! At times, I felt so overwhelmed and would often wonder why I was continually singled out to do more. Now I understand! Favour is a sign of trust. Favour comes with more responsibilities and opportunities to decrease the worries and burdens of our keepers and increase our successes. Like Joseph, God’s favour on our life primes us to find favour in the eyes of others and make us primes candidate for successful leadership.

We should also be heartened by the fact that God will continue to be with us no matter what we are experiencing or the paths we have to tread. Even in the darkest situation, God is with us and will demonstrate His favour in the same manner in which He was with Joseph, the slave, and Joseph, the prisoner.

 

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