Daily Bible Reading “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Matthew 2:11

Christmas Jesus Reason for SeasonJesus is the Reason for the Season

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 2:11. It’s that time of year again, the time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I don’t know about you, but as for me, by this time of the holiday season I have about worn myself out. How did we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all?

We spend weeks or even months getting ready for the big day. We decorate our houses with Christmas trees, nativity scenes, wreaths, garlands, angels, and other Christmas decorations.

We go all over town looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Then, we wrap all the gifts and place them under the tree and wait for the day when we get to open all the gifts we have purchased and prepared for our loved ones.

We spend hours planning, shopping, and cooking our family’s favorite Christmas goodies and meals.

We do all this and wear ourselves out to the point of exhaustion.

During the holiday season, do we really take the time that we should to reflect on the real reason for the Christmas season?

It is Jesus’ birth we are celebrating. How do you suppose He would like us to celebrate His birthday?

Do you think He would enjoy us spending time with Him?

I know on my birthday I enjoy my friends and family spending time with me acknowledging the celebration of my birthday, don’t you?

In Matthew 2:11 we learn that the wise men traveled to see baby Jesus. When they found Jesus, we are told that they bowed down and worshiped Him. They brought gifts to Him of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The celebration wasn’t about the wise men, or Joseph and Mary. It was focused solely on Jesus.

What are some ways that we can worship Jesus during the Christmas holiday season? We might attend church worship services, Christian Christmas programs, listen to Christian Christmas songs, or read the Christmas story from the Bible and reflect on the glory, majesty, and precious gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

How do you plan to worship Jesus during the Christmas holiday season?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Matthew 2:11

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

 

Things to think about:

  • In what ways do you worship Jesus during the Christmas holidays?
  • What are some ways that we can teach our children and grandchildren the true meaning of Christmas?
  • How can we focus more on Him and not as much on the other things that we have made Christmas about?
  • What are some ways we can share the love of Jesus with others during the Christmas season?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for sending Him to this world to be born of a virgin and to die on the cross for our sins. Help us during this Christmas season to focus more on celebrating His birth and less on all the other traditions that we have during this holiday season. Forgive us of the ways that we have made this time of year more about us and what we want and less about Him. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “God Speaking” (Proverbs 8:32-36)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 8:32-36. In this Scripture we find a call to listen. Not only to listen, but to hear and seek. Seek wisdom and seek the LORD.

Listen to me, you children: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and don’t refuse it.

Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Whoever finds me finds life, and will obtain favor from the LORD. But those who sin against me wrongs their own soul: all those who hate me love death.

We can look at this two ways. First, as those who find wisdom find life and those who hate instruction find the path to destruction. Do you seek wisdom?

Secondly, and most importantly, as God speaking and reminding us that those who seek Him and find Him through a relationship with His son, Jesus Christ, will have life eternal. But, those who hate Him will suffer eternal death. Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 8:32-36

32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are we called to do in this Scripture?
  • What do we find if we seek?
  • What is the result of not seeking wisdom?
  • What is the result for those who refuse Jesus as Savior?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we realize that we should be seeking wisdom from above. We should be seeking Jesus. Help us to find wisdom, but more importantly help us to find a lasting eternal relationship with You through Your son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Wisdom is a Gift from God” (Proverbs 8:22-31)

Proverbs 8 WISDOM FROM GODWisdom is a Gift from God

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 8:22-31. The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was anointed from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was created. When there were no watery depths, I was brought forth; when there were no oceans flowing with water.

Before the mountains were formed, even before the hills was I brought forth: Before God made the earth, or the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the world.

When He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep: When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He created the foundations of the earth:

I was beside Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

As I was reading this Scripture I thought this sounds like Jesus. Then, I looked up the cross references and it brought up this Scripture, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” from John 1:1.

According to this Scripture, even though Jesus wasn’t born yet in the world as we know it, He was still with God and a part of God’s plan to save the world.

This Scripture tells us that He was with God before God even created the world. He was part of God’s plan from the beginning. At the proper time God anointed Jesus to be born of this world so that He could become the Savior of the world.

That is true wisdom from above, the wisdom of God to create the world and mankind and then to have a plan to save the world from their sins.

In this Scripture we learn that

The wisdom of God devised a way for the love of God to deliver sinners from the wrath of God while not compromising the righteousness of God. – John Piper

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 8:22-31

22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

 

Things to think about:

  • What do we learn about wisdom in this Scripture?
  • From where does true wisdom come?
  • When was Jesus anointed?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we are told that Jesus was with you from the beginning of time. We thank You for giving Your precious Son, who loved us and gave His life to save us from our sins. Help us to seek Him and to seek Your wisdom, true wisdom. Help us not to only rely on the wisdom of men, but to constantly seek wisdom from above. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You and thank You for all Your many blessings. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “I Am Wisdom” (Proverbs 8:12-21)

Proverbs 8 fear-the-lordI Am Wisdom

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 8:12-21. Solomon describes wisdom in this Scripture. He tells us what wisdom is and the value of finding wisdom. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: I hate pride, and arrogance, evil ways, and the perverse mouth.

Counsel and sound wisdom are mine: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings, princes, nobles and all the judges of the earth rule and reign, and princes decree justice.

I love those who love me. Those who seek me early will find me. Riches and honor are with me; durable riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those who love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

One of my favorite prayers is the Serenity Prayer. It is a prayer at times in my life I had to repeat over and over to myself. During those times when my life was so hard and I didn’t know if I could make it this prayer spoke for me.

The times in my life when my heart was so broken I didn’t even feel like I could pray myself I repeated the words of this prayer over and over again and it encouraged me to keep going when I felt like giving up.

At that time I didn’t even know the whole prayer only the first four lines, but it was just what I needed during the very difficult times of my life.

I share this prayer here to encourage you that when times seem tough God can see you through those difficult times in life and bring you to the other side. You just have to cling to Him and ask Him to give you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do the right things when life is tough. He will give you the strength you need to get to the other side of it.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

-Reinhold Niebuhr

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 8:12-21

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

 

Things to think about:

  • What does it mean to fear the LORD?
  •  What are some of the things we learn about wisdom in this Scripture?
  • From where do you feel you have obtained the most wisdom in your life thus far?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture and think about what Solomon shares about wisdom we see that he says to fear the LORD is to hate evil. Help us to remove every evil way from our lives. Remove pride, arrogance and any evil speech from our lives. Help us to live righteously before You. Forgive us of the times we have failed You. Give us wisdom to live the way You would have us to and strength to endure the race that You have set before us. In Jesus’ name, we pray.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “The Value of Wisdom” (Proverbs 8:1-11)

 

Proverbs 8 TheValue of WisdomThe Value of Wisdom

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 8:1-11. In this Scripture Solomon shares the value of wisdom. He says, “Doesn’t wisdom cry and understanding raise her voice? She stands in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.”

Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. You who are simple, understand wisdom: and, You who are fools, be of an understanding heart.

Listen; I speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips will be right things. My mouth speaks truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing forward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to them who find knowledge.

Receive my instruction rather than silver; and knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

There are some very wise and intelligent people in this world. There are people who have made millions of dollars because of their wisdom and knowledge. Solomon tells us that wisdom is more valuable than rubies, silver, and gold.

We can learn and become knowledgeable about all kinds of things, but the wisdom we learn from the Bible teaches us how to live godly. As Christians this is something we need to know. The wisdom that is shared in the Bible is inspired by God.

Where can we learn better about wisdom, knowledge, and understanding than from the Word of God? How do you show you value the wisdom that you learn from the Word of God?

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 8:1-11

1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

 

Things to think about:

  •  What are some of the things Solomon compares to the value of wisdom?
  • In what ways do you value wisdom?
  • What does Solomon tell us about wisdom in this Scripture?
  • Who do you consider to be the wisest person you know?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs, Solomon shares the value of wisdom. Help us to understand the value of wisdom and to treasure Your wisdom in our lives. Help us to take the wisdom we learn from Your Word and apply it to our lives so that we can live righteous lives and set good examples for others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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The Book of Matthew also goes into Jesus’ ministry on earth, including the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ final days, including His death, burial, and resurrection. The book concludes with the great commission.

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