Happy Monday!! How was y'all's weekends? We did make it out the house and to the park. Not the one on our block, but a different park with a bigger jungle gym. Anyways, I got so caught up cooking dinner, cleaning, dealing with the kids and stuff that I almost forgot about my Bible 365 post.
This week we finished up the books of Hosea, Joel and Amos. As has been the case with most of the Old Testament, these books talk about the Israelites and how they continued to wander from God's grace. In these books, at times it appears that God is torn between punishing the Israelites and turning a blind eye to them for good or blessing them and giving them the land of milk and honey. He's tried for many generations to give the Israelites chances to redeem themselves, but for some reason they keep going back to worshiping idols, human sacrifices, adultery and other bad habits. Below are a few scriptures that stood out for me in Week 34.
1-"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!" (Joel 2:21) This is exactly why I do my Thankful Thursday posts. It's so easy for to get like the Israelites and forget that God does and has done marvelous things for us and our loved ones.
2-"And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Joel 2:32) Often times we're waiting on God to rescue us from our current circumstances. However, we have yet to call on Him for help. While He is a mind reader, we still need to call on Him directly and let Him know His help is needed.
3-"They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks uprightly." (Amos 5:10) When you're trying to live right and do the right thing, you'll find that not everyone is going to like you. You're going to have people who will hate on you for no reason other than you're trying to do the right thing and live positively. It's just part of the territory that comes with being a good person.
Again thank you to everyone who continues to read, share and comment on my Bible 365 posts! I have just a little over 500 pages left of reading before I will have read the entire Bible!! Yes, it's getting close. I'm sure that if I really wanted to I could knock out these 500 pages in two weeks, but I'm sticking to the plan and stretching it out until the end of December.
Week 35 Readings
8/26: Obadiah 1
8/27: Jonah 1-2
8/28: Jonah 3-4
8/29: Micah 1-2
8/30: Micah 3-5
8/31: Micah 6-7
9/01: Nahum 1-3