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

February Bible Reading Challenge

** Post includes this week’s reading summary of Proverbs and check-in.

 

February Bible Reading Challenge

February Bible Reading Challenge

Friday is here and today we check in for the January Bible Reading challenge. I’m so excited about continuing to focus on Proverbs again for the month of February! We will read one chapter a day except the last three days of the month, we will read two chapters a day. This plan will take us through the book of Proverbs during the month. Let’s continue to check in each Friday and share what God is teaching us with one another.

This Week’s Reading Summary

This week, we are summarizing Proverbs 23-29. the chapters we read from last Friday through today. Was there a particular chapter that stood out to you this week? Let’s take a look at each one individually.

Chapter 23

Chapter 23 focuses on the foolishness of alcoholism and specifically outlines all the marks of addiction. I was able to hone in on verse 12:

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

Listening and applying are the key words in this chapter.

What kind of action did this chapter evoke from you?

Chapter 24

I love the emphasis of hard work that Solomon places in this chapter. My parents always taught our family to work hard and I can easily picture Solomon lecturing his sons about the importance of honesty and good work ethics. Really this entire chapter would be an excellent employee handbook.

Chapter 25

Feed your enemy. Not the typical words you anticipate from a very wealthy king. Solomon was surely the exception to the rule with his wisdom from God. In this chapter, I found myself focused on a single key verse, verse 11:

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

proverbs2511

Which verse captured your focus in chapter 25?

Chapter 26

Chapter 26 is the comparison chapter; did you notice all the “like’s?” The word pictures Solomon paints offer common sense warnings to the one who will listen. Isn’t the timeless nature of these comparisons ever so classic?

Chapter 27

My husband and I joke about verse 15 of chapter 27 quite often. There are a few other similarly-themed verses we throw back and forth in best marriage jesting as well, but this one is interesting.

A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;

I don’t have a fond appreciation for rainy days. Oh I make the most of them, but you know those days that you simply must go out of the house for whatever reason and a continual drizzle of rain is nothing but flat out annoying? It never stops, you never get a break, and well, no matter what you do, you wind up soaked? If anyone knew what a quarrelsome wife was like, the man was Solomon; guess that’s what happens when you have over 700.

Chapter 27 is full of wisdom nuggets, bit after bit of food for thought. One more verse that stood out to me:

iron sharpens iron

Chapter 28

I feel that this chapter is another one difficult to summarize because there are many conclusions and thoughts you can pull from each verse or section of verses.

If you’ve been around here long, then you know that I have a radar for verses that are prayer -related. I found verse 9 quite interesting:

If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

As Christians, if we don’t do what we know to do, which is listening to what God’s Word says, then our relationship with God will not grow.

What is your application from verse 9?

Chapter 29

In chapter 29, Solomon is warning his son of the pitfall of pride. Many of the verses speak to how a person of character should speak and act. Because I’m a word nerd, verse 20 called out to me…

proverbs2920

 

“Haste makes waste” applies to words as well.

Why do you think Solomon feels words are so very valuable?

I apologize that the post is going up a bit late and hope that you’ll still have a moment to discuss your study for the week. I can’t wait to keep going in Proverbs for the month of February! Let’s soak up the wisdom together.

Rachel

 

Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth: Women in the Bible Week 2

beautiful and brave deborah

Welcome to week 2 of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series! Each week for 10 weeks, we are studying the most beautiful and brave women in the Bible. At the end of this post, you will find the prior articles in the series.

This week our focus is on Deborah, the only female judge of Israel named in the Bible. If you are unfamiliar with Deborah, you can find her story in Judges chapters 4&5. We really don’t have a ton of information on Deborah, but I think she is one cool chick. We do know that as a judge, Deborah who spoke truth had to carry a load of wisdom. It is interesting to me that she had a special place where people knew to find her- a tree between two towns in the hill country of Ephraim. (Judges 4:5) I like to imagine the conversations between the people who appeared before Deborah. Believe me, Judge Judy has nothing on the woman who sat under a palm tree. Her discernment was well-known throughout the children of Israel.

Regardless of her wisdom, I’m sure it took an extra surge of boldness to call out Barak and let him know that she knew God had called him to gather 10,000 men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun in order to defeat the difficult enemy. Essentially, she said, “Look, I know that God has told you to do this. Now get on with it.” As if that were not bold enough, Barak requests more of her brave heart. He says:

Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” Judges 4:8

This statement from Barak really makes me wish that I could have met Deborah. I wonder what her spirit was like and how she carried herself when she walked. It’s clear that Deborah loved God and she found favor in his sight and in the sight of fellow leaders. Reminds me of a statement I read in Your Life Still Counts by Tracie Miles this week:

…when we are real for God, God becomes real to other people. – Tracie Miles

So good. So true.

So Deborah agrees to go with Barak to battle, but isn’t it funny what she says in reply to him:

And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”

Basically, she is warning him that he is not going to get any rewards for this battle because he is not the brave warrior who will kill the worst of the enemies. In fact, God gave that job to a woman named Jael; the battle was indeed won. It’s an interesting story of tent pegs and trickery, but to keep the focus on Deborah today, we can conclude that she was indeed beautiful and brave, especially since her brief mention in the Bible ends with two treasures. The first is a song that she and Barak sing together. The song is one of beautiful storytelling (I wonder if the gory details were sung in a minor key?) and victory. The second treasure to ponder is that after Deborah’s bold leadership, the Bible gives the result of her courage:

And the land had rest for forty years. Judges 5:31

Deborah’s obedience resulted in peace and rest for all the children of Israel.

Obedience is always beautiful and brave.

So here’s our wrap-up for this brave-hearted woman:

  • Name: Deborah
  • Occupation: Judge
  • Family background: Wife of Lappidoth
  • Daily life: palm tree mediator
  • Emotional baggage: None that we know of
  • Weaknesses: None that we know of
  • Beauty secrets: Believing God, Acting in Obedience
  • Acts of bravery: Accepted the challenge of a leadership role, bravely declaring truth and boldly obeying God, in spite of the political setting.

What strikes you the most about Judge Deborah? Be sure to read her story in Judges 4&5!

Each week I want to highlight one of the posts linked up in the previous week. This week, I chose Jen’s awesome post, so be sure check out what she had to say about last week’s brave woman, Sarah!

new whimsical wed

Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement  linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post about Deborah, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.

Rachel

Original Post: Women in the bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave

Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series

Week 1: Sarah Who Remembered God’s Promise

Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth

 

Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links; site may be compensated if purchase is made. See full disclosure policy here.