Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge Weekly Summary

It’s Friday and we’re here for the Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge Weekly Summary. This week’s reading was extremely powerful. I hope you felt as loved by God through the reading as I did.

Psalm 46:1-11

The first verse of this chapter is one of my favorites that I place on repeat in my mind.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. vs. 1

One time my younger sister and I were in a dire situation. I will spare you the details, but just before we thought we were going to be involved in an accident, my sister shouted, “Angels, help us!” Miraculously, we missed the accident in the nick of time. He was with us and is with us!!

Psalm 118:1-13

The repetition in this passage is interesting to me. Two verses with the same wording with one exception:

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. vs. 8

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.vs. 9

Do you think that the psalmist was making the point that it doesn’t matter what man it is, even royalty, we should not place our trust in humankind?

Psalm 118:14-29

When we acknowledge God for who he is and praise him for both who he is and all that he does, then the power of praise is unleashed. This passage encouraged me to make a list of thanks to God.

Proverbs 30:1-9

 

Don’t miss the beautiful story I read this week that coincided with the lessons God was teaching me in this chapter.

Psalm 5:1-12

I often play a game with my kids called “My Favorite….” I ask: What’s your favorite ________? and fill in the blank with all sorts of options, like color, vegetable, fruit, place to visit, candy, drink, smoothie flavor, etc. They absolutely love this game, especially at ages 5 and 3, because they get to give their opinions and likes. The bonus is that I enjoy hearing what they like and getting to know their way of thinking about the world.

This Psalm reminds me of the game I play with the kids. God is telling us what he likes and does not like. When you love someone, you want to know and do the things they love and appreciate. Knowing what God loves and appreciates gives us the opportunity to trust him more.

What thoughts about trusting God did you have from this passage?

Psalm 86:1-9

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

He is worthy of our trust; there is no god like the Most High God. He does things that no one else can do. He heals the brokenhearted and the sick. He gives sight to the blind, both physical and spiritual. Our God is an Awesome God! Praise him today!

Psalm 86:10-17

I believe this chapter holds a critical verse in our journey to trust God more. When we don’t know what to do or feel that we can’t trust him, then we must ask him to teach us to trust him. Teach me, Lord.

A willing servant learns to trust God quicker than a worried saint.

willing servant

Be the church. Live actively looking for ways to help others and be used of God.

Or you may have heard it this way:

Love Does.

Will you stop in and let us know what you’ve been learning from the reading? Share a story about how you’re learning to trust God!

Rachel

Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 2

Welcome to the Bible reading challenge summary for week 2 of Trusting God, our April topical Bible reading challenge. The reading was so wonderful this week! Let’s take a peek at the play by play.

Isaiah 26:1-13

Isaiah 26 is a song of celebration for the Israelites. Verses 3&4 both use the keyword “trust” and talk about how great God is- he is worthy of our trust. But the phrase that stood out to me in this passage appears in verse 3:

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

The key to trust? Not to allow our minds stray from placing our trust elsewhere. That was food for thought for me!

Psalm 37:1-13

Psalm 37 opens with the command not to fret. Worry is the enemy of trust. So when we keep ourselves overly concerned with anyone or anything, then our trust in the Lord is affected. My favorite verse from this section of the chapter:

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

Psalm 375

This week I read this verse and then posted the above to instagram. I went on my merry way for the day and then noticed as I walked past the same flowers that the Lord was giving us an example of his action for the day. Look what happened:

open flowers

 Did you have a moment to experience how God was acting on your behalf this week? 

Psalm 37:14-26

This section of Psalm 37 outlines many of God’s characteristics that prove to us he is worthy of our trust. He upholds the righteous, he delights in establishing the steps of men… this continues to the end of the chapter….

Psalm 37:27-40

He loves justice, he will not forsake his people, he is a stronghold in time of trouble! This entire chapter encourages trusting God because he is worthy of our trust!

What verse or thought did you have in this chapter that encouraged you to trust God more? Is there a particular area in your life with which you know you’ve not been trusting God?

John 14:1-10

John 14 is a beautiful passage of Scripture that includes one of my favorite quotes of Jesus.

““I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

You know what I find interesting? Thomas is the one who gets a bad rap for being the doubter, right? How many sermons have you heard about Thomas and his request to feel the nail scars in the hands of Jesus? As someone who grew up in church, for me, it’s a ton. But here’s what Philip said to Jesus:

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

So Thomas was a doubter, but Philip? He just laid it out to Jesus. “Show us God and we’re good.” I don’t know about you, but if I were Jesus, I would have been extremely frustrated with this guy. Don’t you think Jesus was thinking “I am  God. You’re looking at him. Have you learned nothing?” Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t think like I do. But seriously, Philip was the disciple whose job was to push the easy button. Boom. Done. And that wouldn’t be so ludicrous, except, isn’t that just what we do today? We pray prayers like “God, you just show me and I’m done.” Meanwhile, God could be standing right in front of us and we don’t recognize him.

How do you feel about Philip’s desire to trust God if he could just see him?

John 14:11-21

I love this section of the chapter and the special note Jesus makes of sending the Holy Spirit to be our helper.

What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping you know that God loves us and wants the best for us?

John 14:22-31

Jesus explains all the reasons he should be trusted and why his Father in heaven is worthy of trust. The Creator of the universe, he has kept his promise from the beginning to redeem his people. How do people know to trust him? Because God is love.

Wow- what a wonderful week of studying God’s Word on the topic of trusting him! I can’t wait to read about what you learned this week as you read  the passages.

What did you learn this week through the reading? Have a fantastic Friday!

Rachel

Trusting God April Bible Reading Challenge

 

trusting god bible reading challenge

Do you ever feel like your relationship with God is limited by your ability to trust him fully? Oh, you trust him for eternal salvation, but perhaps you forget to trust him for everyday solutions? What if you took a month to read what the Bible has to say about trusting God?

Welcome to the April Bible reading challenge information post! I am so excited to share with you that the April Bible reading challenge is going to be brand NEW. Beginning April 1st, we are using a topical Bible reading plan for the month. And the topic? Trusting God.

If you’re new to the Bible Reading Challenge, we simply follow the schedule for each day of the month. Each Friday, I share what I learned for the week and we join in together in conversation through the comments. If you are a blog subscriber, then you will receive the Friday post in your email inbox as a reminder to come by and check in to see what everyone is learning.

I’m really excited to read through a topical plan and learn all that God has for us together!!

For April, follow the schedule below for the topical reading schedule:

  1. Psalm 20:1-9
  2. Psalm 62:1-12
  3. Isaiah 26:1-13
  4. Psalm 37:1-13
  5. Psalm 37:14-26
  6. Psalm 37:27-40
  7. John 14:1-10
  8. John 14:11-21
  9. John 14:22-31
  10. Psalm 46:1-11
  11. Psalm 118:1-13
  12. Psalm 118:14-29
  13. Proverbs 30:1-9
  14. Psalm 5:1-12
  15. Psalm 86:1-9
  16. Psalm 86:10-17
  17. Luke 12:24-31
  18. Proverbs 3:1-8
  19. Isaiah 50:4-11
  20. Psalm 91:1-16
  21. Jeremiah 17:5-10
  22. Psalm 78:1-11
  23. Psalm 78:12-29
  24. Psalm 78:30-42
  25. Psalm 78:43-55
  26. Psalm 78:56-72
  27. Psalm 115:1-9
  28. Psalm 115:10-18
  29. Romans 15:1-13
  30. Isaiah 43:1-12

To make it easy to save to your phone or print, enjoy this graphic for the April Bible reading challenge:

trusting God topical Bible reading

If you click on April Topical Bible Reading Plan or the graphic above, a pdf will open with two copies of the printable schedule on one 8.5×11 sheet of paper. Share one with a friend!

My prayer is that God will use this reading to grow your trust in his will, his way, and his timing.

What can I do to make it the best it can be for you to do this challenge? Please, let me know!

Rachel