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

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.

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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 1

Welcome to the Bible reading challenge Summary! This week we are divided into two parts. First, I will summarize the end of the March challenge and then we can take a peek at the few days of reading we began for the April Trusting God topical Bible reading challenge.

I John 1

The letters of 1, 2 and 3 John are wonderful books to begin studying the Bible on your own. They are straightforward and easy to understand, though full of thought-provoking truths.

This chapter focuses on the light and love of the world- Jesus. John is encouraging confession of sin and the practice of truth. In the next chapter, he further reveals how we can walk in truth.

I John 2

So how can we walk in truth? John makes the distinction between religion and true faith very clear. If you say that you are a Christian and hate your brother, then you are still walking in darkness. If you abide in the light, then you are displaying that you love your brother. You won’t cause him to stumble in his faith.

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1 John 3

Chapter 3 focuses on the love of God and how that appears through us. My favorite verse from this chapter:

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (v. 18)

We all know that it’s pretty easy to talk a big talk, but it’s more challenging to walk a big walk. The last verse of chapter 3 contains a beautiful reminder that Jesus did not leave us to walk this walk alone. The Holy Spirit lives in us and gives us the power to be obedient to God’s Word. Not only do we have this power through him, but he prompts our hearts to listen to his voice and understand what is right and wrong.

What are your thoughts on “talking religion” versus “walking true faith?”

I John 4

John gives us a critical piece of advice in this chapter that is often overlooked, in my opinion. In the very first verse, after the instruction of walking in truth, he reminds us not to believe every spirit. The first three verses of this  chapter are deep, but to summarize? Don’t believe everything you hear. Everyone who says they are of God are not necessarily of God. I really love I John 4:18 and I’m guessing may of you love this verse as well.

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There is no fear in love! Any time we question whether or not something or someone is true, we can apply this principle. Does this person instill fear in others? Does this principle cause us to be afraid? So much we could discuss from this chapter!

I John 5

Oh I could read the book of 1 John every day of the week! It is so full of light-giving truth and principles. What a beautiful two verses to dwell on as we anticipate the celebration of Resurrection Day!ijohn545

 

Trusting God Bible Reading Summary

This week we began the April topical Bible reading challenge on Trusting God. We are seeking to learn more about not only trusting God for eternal salvation, but also trusting him for everyday solutions. The first two days of reading were from Psalms.

Day 1- Psalm 20:1-9

What an uplifting chapter to begin this topical Bible reading challenge! I really reflected on the fact that we are always placing our trust somewhere, why would we not place our trust in the one true God who created us and loves us? And there will always be those who influence us. The “some” as they are named in this passage. And there are always “some.” We cannot base our decisions on what “some” may do. Amen?

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Day 2: Psalm 62:1-12

Psalm 62 is one of my favorite psalms; there is no way I could choose a favorite verse from this chapter. This chapter lists so many attributes of  God that we can hold close to our hearts in times of trouble. Our rock, defense, glory, salvation, and refuge are just a few of the words that describe who God is to and for us.

The psalmist lists a few places we should not place our trust; did any of those resonate with you? 

My apologies for the late post today! Find the April topical Bible reading challenge details.

Enjoy the celebration of the empty grave this weekend!

Rachel