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January 29, 2020

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Exodus 33-35
Audio: Exodus 33-35

Psalm 49 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Hear this, all peoples!
    Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
both low and high,
    rich and poor together!
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
    the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
    I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
    when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
those who trust in their wealth
    and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Truly no man can ransom another,
    or give to God the price of his life,
for the ransom of their life is costly
    and can never suffice,
that he should live on forever
    and never see the pit.

10 For he sees that even the wise die;
    the fool and the stupid alike must perish
    and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their graves are their homes forever,
    their dwelling places to all generations,
    though they called lands by their own names.
12 Man in his pomp will not remain;
    he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
    yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
    death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
    Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
    for he will receive me. Selah

16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
    when the glory of his house increases.
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
    his glory will not go down after him.
18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
    —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
    who will never again see light.
20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Why should I fear in times of trouble,
        when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
     those who trust in their wealth
        and boast of the abundance of their riches? (Psalm 49:5-6)

    Trusting in Wealth

    The other night, after Michelle and I watched Steve Jobs' unveiling of the first iPhone from 2007, a related video was suggested to us which reportedly included the last words of Steve Jobs:

    “I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death…The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love."

    While these words have never been officially confirmed to be last words by one of the world's wealthiest people at the time of his death, it certainly speaks to the temporal nature of wealth and the futility of boasting in it. 

    For believers there ARE riches in which we can trust: the unsearchable riches of Christ!

    The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 3:7-13, "Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory."

    For believers there ARE things in which we can boast: boasting in Jesus Christ!

    1 Corinthians 1: 26-31 says, "For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, 'Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'"

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Venture All for Christ" by Paul Bunyan

    "O Lord, I am a fool, and not able to know the truth from error. Leave me not to my own blindness, either to approve of or condemn this doctrine. If it be of God, let me not despise it. If it be of the devil, let me not embrace it.

    Lord, I lay my soul in this matter only at your feet. Let me not be deceived, I humbly beseech you.

    Lord, I will gladly honor you by believing you will and can.

    I am for going on, and venturing my eternal state with Christ—whether I have comfort here or not. If you do not come in I will leap off the ladder, even blindfolded, into eternity. Sink or swim, come heaven, or come hell—Lord Jesus, if you will catch me, do.

    If not, I will venture for your name. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. I love 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31!

    Sometimes I feel like I have wasted this life, and I am not a success story. I feel insecure because of the things I don't own, at an age where society says that I should possess certain assets. It's a very difficult thing to struggle with. 

    I know in my heart that those "things" don't really matter, and what does is that I have finally had my eyes opened and I have found Jesus, my Savior. That's really all that matters. I want to seek Him and serve Him, and I want to tell others about Him. 

    I want to boast not of wealth, but of Him. 

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