December 14 – Daily Notes – Amanda

jonah

You most likely heard the story of Jonah as a child. It’s a neat story of making a poor decision, getting swallowed by a whale, and then making the right decision. Well, that’s not all of it. Pay close attention to the end. Jonah has decided for himself who should and shouldn’t receive God’s mercy and grace. Have you done the same? Are their people you feel are not deserving of God’s grace? Be honest.

Jonah 1:1-4:11:

  • 1-3 – This is a crucial mistake by Jonah. God calls him to do one thing; instead, he chooses to do another. We cannot hide from God.
  • 17 – One of the most famous verses in Scripture, but note, it was a fish, not a whale.
  • 1-10 – Jonah prays for mercy and believes God will rescue him. God does.
  • 4-5 – This is what God wants! When we are called out for our sins, we repent and turn back to him.
  • 1-3 – Jonah was angry that God extended salvation to the Ninevites because they were gentiles. Jonah was a Jew and didn’t want God’s grace to extend to gentiles. He hates that the Ninevites are saved.
  • 5-11 – Jonah chooses to pout. God’s little object lesson with the plant shows Jonah that Jonah wants God to play by his rules, but that God has better plans.

Revelation 5:1-14:

  • 1-5 – Jesus is the fulfillment of so many things people were waiting on. He is the only one who is the Messiah they had waited on and he was the only one able to break the seals on the scroll.
  • 6-14 – The creatures, angels, and elders all confirm and celebrate the recognition of the Messiah.

Psalm 133:1-3:

  • 1-3 – We should continually seek unity among believers because it is a blessing to all and leads to eternal life.

Proverbs 29:26-27:

  • 27 – This is an interesting thing to think about. The lifestyle of a righteous man is equally as detestable to a wicked man as the opposite.

August 25 – Daily Notes – Amanda

rescue

Today’s psalm is perfect if you are facing suffering or some sort of difficult time. Even if you’re not, mark it for the future. It is a reminder that God is our ultimate rescue and that he does not leave us or forsake us in times of trouble. Though it sometimes takes time, he pulls us out of those situations.

Job 16:1-19:29:

  • 2-4 – Job lets his friends know they are not helping.
  • 16-17 – With good reason, Job does not understand his plight considering he has been pure and upright throughout his life.
  • 10-16 – Job strikes back at his friends, to some degree. He tells them he will not lay down and die but will keep crying out to God.
  • 1-21 – Bildad continues to remind Job of the horrible fate that awaits all evil doers. Though he’s saying the same thing as the other friends, he is getting more dramatic with the illustrations.
  • 1-29 – Job continues to cry out. He also cries out regarding his treatment by his friends asking wasn’t God’s punishment enough.

1 Corinthians 16:1-24:

  • 8-9 – Paul was never one to turn down a fight. He vowed to stay in Ephesus for a while because God had opened a door for him despite significant resistance.

Psalm 40:1-10:

  • 1-3 – This is a moving testimony that reminds us that God pulls us out of difficult times.

Proverbs 22:1:

  • Being worthy of respect is far more valuable than money.