Scripture Union Daily Guide 28 January 2023 | Devotional
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Today’s Topic: Learn and Act On Lessons From The Past
Opening Prayer: Lord, let the light of your word shine into my life as I meditate on your word.
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 40:1-17
Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
Outline For Scripture Union Daily Guide 28 January 2023
God’s mercies in the past do three things for us. They provide cause for ongoing praise (v.3a); they help us encourage others (v.3b, 5b, 9-10); and they give us the confidence to trust Him for present dangers and future troubles (v.17). However, a right relationship with God is an absolute essential. It is not just a matter of burnt sacrifices and burnt offerings (v.6), or what is often emphasized nowadays, the unfailing payment of our tithes. We must hear and do what God tells us (v.8).
Step by step, God increases our knowledge of His love and grace steadily through the Bible. The process did not come to completion until God came down to earth in human flesh (Hebrews 1:1-2). Bible scholars call it “progressive revelation.” We now have the benefit of the exemplary life of Jesus Christ, His teachings, His death, and His resurrection. Therefore, we should not go back to live at the level of the saints of old who lacked this understanding.
This is why we must not follow the example of cursing our enemies as we see frequently in the psalms and the prophets (vs.14-15; Psalm 35:4-7; Jeremiah 18:21-22). Instead, we should follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and his disciples in the New Testament (e.g. Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:14).
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Dear Lord, please fill me with your overflowing love so that it may extend even to those who do not love me.
Prayer for the week
► Pray for grace to deliberately study God’s word and to live by them.
► Believe God for more Christians in our land to live the life of Jesus and let their light shine.
► Increased revelation of God’s word so that the church will not be found wanting when Jesus comes.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Hebrews 11:1
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Genesis 50, Psalms 23, 24
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