Trusting God Bible Reading Wrap-up

Hey there! After spending a wonderful time with my husband this week, today we are both back to work. Today I’m trusting God to guide my steps for the day, showing me exactly how to prioritize the needs that have piled up. Let’s take a look at the Trusting God Bible reading wrap-up by summarizing the last week of reading. You ready?

Psalm 78:30-42

Last week we began reading this song of the Israelites and their journey of learning to trust God. This particular section explains all the ways the Israelites said they believed in God, but the bottom line was that their hearts were not wholly dedicated to him. Even in the middle of staring at the miracles he performed, they struggled with totally relying on his way as the best way.

I think it’s easy to read this passage and think “Those crazy people! Couldn’t they see what God was doing? How did they miss it? Why was it such a struggle for them?” And yet we often react to God the same way they did, doubting and wondering about whether or not he loves us.

Psalm 78:43-55

Whatever your wilderness looks like, God will lead you out!

I don’t know what your wilderness looks like. It may be barren and dry. It may look like a dark forest with tall trees looming overhead. Doesn’t matter. God leads people out of wildernesses every day. He will lead you out also!

Psalm 78:56-72

This passage has always been very special to me. Many years ago, I read it when I was in a place of doubt about God’s call on my life to lead women in Bible study. God showed me that if he could take David, a shepherd boy, and transform his skills from guiding sheep to guiding a kingdom of people, then he can use any willing person to do his work.

What is God calling you to do today?

Psalm 115:1-9

Trust in the Lord; HE is our help and shield.

It’s so easy to trust in things we can see. This psalm outlines the gods of the people and how they had constructed the idols, carving out hands and feet, eyes and mouths. Even though the idols were useless and could do nothing with their features, they were trusted. Their hands and feet did not move; their eyes saw nothing. Their mouths could not speak a word, yet because they could be seen, they were trusted.

There are many tangible things in this world in which we place our trust. Homes, cars, bank accounts. Tangible things of all kinds that we can see. Because we can put our eyes on them, we think they are trustworthy. Only God is worthy of our trust.

Where are you placing your trust today?

Psalm 115:10-18

Fear is often contrasted to trust. If we fear someone or something, then we do not trust them. In Psalm 115, the psalmist is advising us to fear the Lord and put our trust in him. Fearing and trusting together is opposite of what the world teaches us. But the fear mentioned in this passage is a reverent respect, understanding that God is in control and worthy of our trust.

Romans 15:1-13

Trusting and believing in God brings joy, peace and hope!

I love this verse!! The entire passage is beautiful, but this particular verse? I could discuss this a long time. You want to believe God and trust him fully? Learn to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in every small thing. You want joy and peace in believing the Lord? He has granted the power for you to do so!

Isaiah 43:1-12

He who calms the storms wants to calm the fears of our hearts. #onemorestep #trustingGod

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)

The God who calms the storms with his voice longs to calm the storms of your heart. You are his; he knows your name and loves you with an everlasting love. No matter what you are walking through today, he is with you.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Don’t forget to check out the May topical Bible reading challenge: From Hurting to Healing!

Rachel

 

From Hurting to Healing May Topical Bible Reading Challenge

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Today is mine and my husband’s 15th wedding anniversary! I’m so thrilled that we’ve been able to spend a little time alone together this week. God has taken the two of us on such an adventure over the last 15 years. He has blessed us richly and we are especially grateful today.

It is such an appropriate day to announce the May topical Bible reading challenge: From Hurting to Healing. This month’s topical Bible reading is focused on what God says about restoring our brokenness and renewing our hearts. The Scripture passages are as follows:

1. Psalm 34:1-11
2. Psalm 34:12-22
3. Psalm 147:1-11
4. I Peter 4:8-19
5. Isaiah 58:6-14
6. Isaiah 61:1-11
7. Psalm 28:1-9
8. Psalm 73:21-28
9. Psalm 107:8-21
10. Revelation 21:1-7
11. Romans 8:13-21
12. Psalm 23:1-6
13. Psalm 103:1-10
14. Psalm 103:11-22
15. Psalm 107:1-9
16. Psalm 107:10-20
17. Psalm 107:21-31
18. Psalm 107:32-43
19. Lamentations 3:17-26
20. Lamentations 3:27-40
21. Lamentations 3:41-51
22. Lamentations 3:52-66
23. Isaiah 53:1-12
24. Psalm 51:1-9
25. Psalm 51:10-19
26. Ezekiel 11:16-21
27. 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
28. 2 Corinthians 4:8-18
29. John 12:35-41
30. Jeremiah 30:10-17
31. Psalm 30:1-12

May Topical Bible reading challenge: From Hurting to Healing. Take a month to see what God's Word says about renewing our hearts and restoring our lives.

 

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Remember to come by on Fridays and share what you are learning. We encourage one another through the comments and you can follow along on Instagram for almost daily inspirational posts. If you’d like to add your own posts, use the hashtag #onemorestep.

Looking forward to all God has for us!

Rachel

Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 4

Welcome to the Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 4! I hope you are still reading with us as we continue to see what the Word says about learning to trust God fully. Let’s take a look at this week’s reading!

Luke 12:24-31

In this chapter, Jesus questions human reasoning for why we don’t trust God.

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?

Hard questions. Jesus didn’t pull any punches.

Proverbs 3:1-8

Just about my favorite verse in the Bible!

Just about my favorite verse in the Bible: Proverbs 3:5

Isaiah 50:4-11

What an incredibly strong passage! I love how Isaiah takes a look back on all that God has done in the past in order to help him move into the future. I found it interesting that he, too, asks a good question:

Who among you fears the LORD
and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on his God.

I love that word “rely.” I believe it means we can rest and relax when we choose to trust God.

Psalm 91:1-16

Last summer when I was in Africa, I heard a group of orphans quote this passage. Read this passage through the eyes of an orphan….My refuge and my fortress…under his wings you will find refuge…You will not fear the terror of the night…When he calls to me, I will answer him.

Jeremiah 17:5-10

What a beautiful passage that explains WHY we should trust the Lord! “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD…” This is the beginning, but if you missed this day of reading for any reason, be sure to go back and read it!

Which reason stood out the most to you?

Psalm 78:1-11

Ah, the story of the Israelites as they made their pilgrimage and struggled to trust God. As you read the passage, did you remember that a psalm is a song? I wonder if this was a sad, melancholy tune. Maybe it was similar to an old country song that talks about all the mistakes you make and live to regret….

Psalm 78:12-29

The song explains everything the children of Israel failed to remember. If they could only remember all that God had done for them, then perhaps they would know how trustworthy he is!

The verse in this passage that stood out to me was verse 18.

They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved.

How often do we make demands of God today? Something to think about.

I hope you continue to enjoy Psalm 78 today!

Have a great weekend!

Rachel