Reading This Past Week: 2 Chronicles 24--Psalm 24
Thoughts from the Reading: There were really some great portions of Scripture that we read this week. I really hope you enjoyed learning more and more about the nation of Israel, their entrance into captivity, and their eventual return and building of walls & temple in Jerusalem. We then had the story of Esther & Job. One thing that stuck out to me as I was reading the book of Job is how Job initially responded to his trials and how he eventually responded to them. At first, we are told that that he did not sin or blame God (1:22). After more things happen, we are told that he did not sin with his lips (2:10). Then of course he spirals down into depression and blames God for everything.
I was really think about how to deal with trials and situations of life. In no way is my situation similar to Job's, but having our house not sell has been difficult for our family. We want to get settled. We want to get established. We used that house for ministry and the Lord and trust Him to sell it. And when it doesn't sell, at first I have been good with it. I know God has a plan. But as time passes, I tend to say the right things, but my heart is questioning why God would let it not sell. In the end, I listen to the questions God asks Job (38-42) and I know that He has a plan. It is according to His purpose and if it is nothing more than to take me to a deeper level of trust in Him, I am okay with that. At least I am saying I am, but it is a constant battle. Know what I mean?
Next Week's Reading: This next week is really just spent in the book of Psalm. I hope you enjoy this next week. And guess what? This next week, we come to the one and only day off. For some, that means catching up. For others maybe that means taking some time to read some other material. Still for others, may I suggest you get ahead. There will be some reading coming up that is not the easiest (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel). Enjoy this next week.
One more thing. Since this next week is mostly all from the book of Psalms. I would love to see your comments next Friday on which Psalms made the greatest impact on you and why. Until then, have a great week!
Psalm 135—Proberbs 6
Catch Up Day! (blog post day)
Proverbs 21—Ecclesiastes 2
Ecclesiastes 3—Song of Solomon 8
Isaiah 42-52 (blog post day)