Scripture reading for August 23rd: Ephesians 1, Psalm 19, Proverbs 15
Key Scriptures: Ephesians 1:5-10 “In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and on earth.”
God’s plans are amazing! The fact that He includes us in His plans is even more amazing! He lavishes on us His wisdom and purposes through the revelation of His Son, Jesus Christ. He is our redemption and through His shed blood we have forgiveness of sins freely given to all who repent. In Christ we are adopted as sons in God’s family and united with Him by His grace! The fullness of time will reveal the unfolding of these plans and nothing can stop them.
Faith confession: Thank You Lord for revealing Your amazing plans to me through Jesus Christ. In Him I have forgiveness of my sins and adoption into God’s family. I eagerly await the fullness of time!
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Scripture reading for July 18th: Proverbs 16-20
Key Scriptures: Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 20:5 “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” Proverbs 20:24 “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”
The writer of Proverbs understood a little of the mystery of God’s purposes and direction of men. Men have many plans and dreams of the future and what it might hold. They often try and work out those plans and purposes. Men of insight into God’s will and Word draw out God’s purposes from the deep waters of the heart of God. But sometimes, man’s steps are taken from the path of our will into new territory through events and circumstances beyond our control. This is a mystery only understood as we seek God and walk with Him.
Our God leads us into His will: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28)