OYB January 31

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 12:14-50, Exodus 13:1-15
NT: Matthew 20:29-34, Matthew 21:1-22
Ps: Psalm 25:16-22
Pr: Proverbs 6:12-15

Today´s notable verse:

21 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV)

Seems pretty simple, doesn't it? Why is it so tough, though, in practical application? "If you have faith and do not doubt..."; "If you believe..." I am struck at how weak and pathetic we are, that cannot tap into this simple principle - but then, that is the key to allowing Christ in us to operate, isn't it?

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - ...How about you? Are there some goals and resolutions for 2006 that you feel like you might be behind on? Do you agree that reading from God's Word each day and growing in your love relationship with God is more important than those goals and resolutions?

You know, I've not set "New Year's" resolutions in a long time. My thinking is, if I decide I need to make a change in my life, or accomplish something, why should I wait until what is essentially an arbitrary day to start? "Now is the day of salvation; now is the time of God's favor" (I Corinthians 6:2). "[Make] the most of every opportunity" (Ephesians 5:16). I think that reading the Word each day and growing in my relationship with God are extremely important in part because they help reveal those changes in my life I need to make, and those things that I need to accomplish, according to God's plan and will for my life.