Read: Ecclesiastes 9:4-12 | Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 7–9; 2 Corinthians 13 Anyone who is among the living has hope. Ecclesiastes 9:4 When I first began working in the small office I now rent, the only inhabitants were a few mopey flies. Several of them had gone the way of all flesh, and their bodies littered the floor and windowsills. I disposed of all but one, which I left in plain sight. That fly carcass reminds me to live each day well. Death is an excellent reminder of life, and life is a gift. Solomon said, “Anyone who is among the living has hope”Read More →

Read: Colossians 4:2-15 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 30–31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12 A friend told me about a group of people who share a strong bond of faith in Christ. One of them, a 93-year-old woman, said, “I feel like I can call any of you at 2 a.m., and I don’t even have to apologize if I feel the need for any type of assistance.” Whether the need is prayer, practical help, or someone to be there duringRead More →

Read: Habakkuk 1:1-11 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 27–29; 2 Corinthians 10 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 Why does the intoxicated driver escape an accident unharmed while his sober victim is seriously injured? Why do bad people prosper while good people suffer? How often have you been so confused by things going on in your life that you have cried out, “Doesn’t God care?” Habakkuk struggled with this same question as he saw the distressing situation in Judah where wickedness and injustice were running rampant (Hab. 1:1-4). His confusion drove him to ask God whenRead More →

Feeling Forsaken Read: Psalm 22:1-21 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 25–26; 2 Corinthians 9 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46 In his book The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis records an imaginary conversation between a senior devil and a junior devil as they discuss how to properly tempt a Christian. The two devils desired to destroy the believer’s faith in God. “Be not deceived,” the senior devil says to the junior. “Our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human . . . looks round upon a universe in which every trace of [God] seems to haveRead More →

God’s Compass Read: Psalm 119:105-112 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 22–24; 2 Corinthians 8 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 During World War II, small compasses saved the lives of 27 sailors 300 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Waldemar Semenov, a retired merchant seaman, was serving as a junior engineer aboard the SS Alcoa Guide when a German submarine surfaced and opened fire on the ship. The ship was hit, caught fire, and began to sink. Semenov and his crew lowered compass-equipped lifeboats into the water and used the compasses to guide themRead More →

Holding Me Up Read: Psalm 34:1-7 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 8–9; 2 Corinthians 3 I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 After I no longer went on family road trips with my parents, it became a rare occasion to visit my grandparents who lived hundreds of miles away from us. So one year, I decided to fly to visit them in the small town of Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, for a long weekend. As we drove to the airport for my return flight, Grandma, whoRead More →

A Fragrance and a Letter Read: 2 Corinthians 2:14–3:3 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 6–7; 2 Corinthians 2 We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:15 Every time I get close to a rosebush or a bouquet of flowers, I’m unable to resist the temptation to pull a flower toward my nose to savor the fragrance. The sweet aroma lifts up my heart and triggers good feelings within me. Writing to the Christians in Corinth centuries ago, the apostle Paul says that because we belong to Christ, God “uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere”Read More →