“But the righteous man holds to his way,
and the one with clean hands grows stronger.”
Was Job speaking ironically here, in the midst of his despair? Was he throwing back in the face of friends what they were saying? Or was this statement a glimmer of hope before all hope died?
Job’s friends had good thoughts, but bad application. May we see in Job what God wants: for man to know him. May that truth hold us to our way and cause us to grow stronger.
#votd #Job #righteousness
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandments that I have written, so that you may teach them.'”
The giving of the 10 commandments was a historic moment, perhaps second only to the crucifixion of Christ. God wrote down his will, in order that it be taught to the people.
As God’s written will, Scripture is meant to be taught. If you have received it, you are responsible to teach it. Who are you teaching?
#votd #Exodus #teaching
“we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
1 John 1.3 NRSV
This appears to be John’s purpose statement for his letter, along with v. 4. It’s about fellowship with the One who came in human form, so that all, accepting the gospel’s truth, could be one with God and with him.
To have fellowship with God, Christ, and his people, he must be proclaimed. What are you doing right now to proclaim Christ?
#votd #1-John #fellowship
“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’”
Perhaps impressed with the need for continued forgiveness, the Twelve ask for greater faith. The desire is a good one. It is an ancient desire, one that many feel today. Jesus gave a good reply, v. 6.
Am I waiting for greater faith in order to act? Perhaps I need to act now in order to have greater faith. Start now! Do your duty, vv. 7-10.
#votd #Luke #faith
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Corinthians 3.2-3
How did Paul recommend himself to the Corinthians? By the converts made. His credentials consisted of the gospel in the hearts of saved men and women.
People like to have their names on university or hospital buildings. They love diplomas hanging on walls. The true measure of a servant of Christ is work done among people for salvation.
#votd #2-Corinthians #identity
“I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!”
Man is concerned with how long he can live. God’s people are concerned with praising and fear him for as long as they live. One’s life may be long, but futile.
People in the world’s “Blue Zones” live longer, so there is great interest in what they do to love so long. People in God’s Kingdom have eternal life. How interested are you in it?
#votd #Psalms #eternal-life
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1.18
Salvation has three tenses: past, present, and future. Paul says we are being saved. God continues to preserve us and save us from temptation, from the power of sin, from the wiles of Satan.
We have need of constant vigilance. This is not a reason for worry, but for peace of mind, because God’s power is more than sufficient. How am I trusting in God to save today?
#votd #1-Corinthians #salvation
“Manoah said to the Lord’s angel, ‘Please stay here awhile, so we can prepare a young goat for you to eat.’”
Man wants to detain God and his representatives. Something in his nature senses his need for the divine presence. If the angel brought good news, what else might he do, how else might he bless his house?
God’s presence with us is his promise, and our prayer for ourselves and others. “… the God of love and peace will be with you” 2 Cor 13.11. It is the focus of all our efforts.
#votd #Judges #presence-of-God
“The chief priests and the experts in the law heard it and they considered how they could assassinate him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching.”
Fear of the Lord’s words and actions caused the Jewish authorities to miss the great opportunity before them, to welcome Jesus as the promised Messiah. They wanted power and saw it slipping from their grasp.
Fear is one of the greatest motivators. Fear of the wrong thing can lead to some of our greatest mistakes. What fears have you identified in your life?
#votd #Mark #fear
“But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God?”
1 Timothy 3.5
Family life is a demonstration of a man’s ability to care for others. For this reason elders must be family men. They must be proven in the home, before being placed in care of God’s church.
Elders are not businessmen. Never look to their success as professionals or in business. Such people often make the worst shepherds. Ask, how do they treat other people, especially their own household?
#votd #1-Timothy #elders
“When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.”
Jesus sent out the Twelve on a limited preaching tour. He gave them many instructions. Then he himself went about proclaiming the kingdom of God. He dealt with doubts and rejection.
Jesus was all about reaching the lost, in life and in death. How do I demonstrate this objective in my spiritual life?
#votd #Matthew #mission
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5.17
Christians have a new reality in Christ. Even their perspectives about others change, v. 16. Their hopes, their dreams, their purpose in life are all new. They now work for reconciliation, vv. 18-21.
We get into Christ by baptism, Rom 6.4. Not by the passage of time, but by conversion, do we experience something new. With man, there’s never anything new, Eccl 1.9. With God, every day is a new day.
#votd #2-Corinthians #new-life
“The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, ‘Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city.'”
Many people had already been immersed in Corinth, and opposition was fierce. The door of opportunity, however, was still open. People were receptive. Paul should continue to proclaim the gospel. The Lord foresaw still more conversions.
We do not have today visions from the Lord about a city’s receptivity. We do have his mission. “… when God gives a man his task to do, he also gives him the power to do it. In the presence of God Paul found his courage and his strength” (Wm. Barclay).
#votd #Acts #mission
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.”
What Paul preached came from God. It alone is true. Therefore, it cannot be modified in any way. Whoever changes it stands under God’s condemnation, because he gave it to save.
Is what the Bible says the only truth about God and plan of redemption? Yes! No other book, no other message, carries the divine stamp. Philosophies and theologies are useless to save.
#votd #Galatians #gospel
“He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant.”
Psalm 111.5 NLT
Food represents “everything necessary to live” (NBV). God’s giving is a part of his covenant with his people. So is that reverent fear which demonstrates itself in obedience.
With the Lord as shepherd, “I lack nothing” Ps 23.1. How do I gain that confident sufficiency? What must I do to possess the good gifts of God?
#votd #Psalms #sufficiency