August 1 – Daily Notes – Amanda

instruction manual

People joke that there’s no instruction manual for parenting or for general life. Seemingly, the toughest things we have to do get the least amount of instruction. That’s only partially true. God doesn’t just plop us down in life and tell us to figure it out. Like today’s psalm explains, everything we need to know for salvation and successfully navigating life is available us through Scripture and the Holy Spirit.

2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21:

  • 1-9 – It’s comforting that even when we fail to do what we’re supposed to do, when we choose to return to God, he accepts us.
  • 18-20 – God’s extreme kindness shows here as people come and eat Passover without cleansing themselves. This harkens to the way Jesus handled the law. He always rewarded faith and always showed love even if the law had to be bent a little.
  • 26-27 – It had been a long time since Solomon. Hezekiah’s commitment to restoring Passover, even though imperfect, was pleasing to God.
  • 9-10 – Like when it was time to build the tabernacle in Exodus, the faithful Israelites bring more than enough offering.

Romans 15:1-22:

  • 5-7 – Just as Christ accepted us in our weakness, we are to invite in those whose faith is not as strong as ours. These are the folks we should not make stumble but should bring into the fold.
  • 17-22 – Paul takes pride in the work God has done through him to bring those who had never believed in Christ to salvation.

Psalm 25:1-15:

  • 8-9 – God does not fling us out into the world to figure everything out on our own. He shows us the way to him. Also, the early Christians were known as “The Way”.

Proverbs 20:13-15:

  • 13 – Laziness doesn’t pay. We have to work to take care of ourselves.

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