Warnings for those Entrusted with the Care of God’s People

Today’s Bible reading* includes some very strong warnings for those entrusted with the care of God’s people. Specifically, Jeremiah is addressing the spiritual leaders people of Judah and Israel. Instead of leading God’s people to gather around the heart of God, these leaders are scattering God’s people. But God promises to bring His people back….

A Godly Response to Bad News

Today’s Bible reading* models for us a godly response to bad news. King Sennacherib’s spokesman delivers bad news to King Hezekiah, warning him that God cannot defend against Assyria any more than any other god could protect the people who worshiped it. And he tells God’s people to reject King Hezekiah’s leadership. But you may…

Be Careful with Your Associations: Fools, Gossips, and Haters

In today’s Bible reading* (specifically Proverbs 26) King Solomon wisely tells his son to avoid three types of people: fools, gossips, and haters. Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon warns about fools. Today, he says, “Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness or you’ll be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his…

Be Careful When Eating Your Words

Today’s Bible reading* has some important warnings about the words we say and how we say them. Wise words satisfy like a good meal;the right words bring satisfaction.The tongue can bring death or life;those who love to talk will reap the consequences.Proverbs 18:20–21 (NLT) Yesterday, I mentioned the use of our words and James 3….

Making Excuses or Courageous?

In today’s Bible reading* we see a stark contrast to yesterday’s reading about Caleb choosing the Hill Country because he wanted the challenge of slaying the giants in the land. Today we read the descendants of Joseph complain that the Hill Country isn’t large enough for them. It appears that they don’t want to clear…