It’s Jan 20th & we’ve been reading the bible in one year passages for nearly 3 weeks! I’m so thankful that God gives me the desire to do this & I really look forward to reading each passage!
I have loved and been surprised how often the psalm or proverb ties up with the Genesis passage – the situation that is going on or the character of the person written about. Eg. Jan 7, Gen 15:1 God says to Abram ‘I am your shield, your very great reward.’ Then in the Psalm passage 5:12 says ‘Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favour as with a shield.’
Abram is a living example of that promise – a righteous man, whom God shields and promises to bless & although he makes mistakes, God credits Abram’s faith in him, as righteousness. Recently we read about the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah & the conversation Abraham has with God, asking him if he will destroy the righteous duty the unrighteous.
Today I was in Mum’s bible study this morning & we’ve begun a new bible study on prayer. The first passage that we studied was on this exact prayer/conversation between Abraham & God! I just love it when God brings things together like that & causes us to think deeper about a passage! I just read the readings for today & the Psalm 11:4-11 seemed to sum up well what God did at Sodom & Gomorrah – he promised to look there & if he found just 10 men he wouldn’t destroy those places.
However we know that he didn’t find 10, only Lot and his family and the places were destroyed. This psalm says that he observes & examines us and that he is a righteous God who loves justice. He was just in his actions then & remains just now. What a challenge to us to examine our own hearts, motives, thoughts & actions – God sees them all! So thankful he forgives us & loves us.
Praise God that he promises to complete the work begun in us until the day of completion, when we see Him face to face.