Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 1,2; Luke 1
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 2:4-17
In the book of Genesis, we learn about the creation of the world, and we learn a lot about God. We learn that God chose to create the world – He did not have to do it, but He wanted to create a world and people because God wanted to share His love. When God formed man, He did not need special ingredients or techniques – He simply chose to form man out of dirt and then breathe life into his nostrils. Once He had created Adam, He could have placed him in a desert to fend for himself, but instead God chose to place him in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden that God created, He could have simply left out the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but instead He chose to place this tree in the Garden. Likewise, God could have made it physically impossible for anyone to eat from the tree, but instead God chose to command Adam not to do it. Just as God made many choices in creating the universe, He also gave Adam a choice. Along with this choice comes the possibility of choosing incorrectly. Ultimately, God provided Adam with the choice of obedience.
Each of us makes choices daily. Some of these choices are small such as whether we want a latte or mocha. Other choices like getting married, moving, or finding a new job are much more complex. In each of our choices, we are faced with the possibilities of choosing correctly or incorrectly and we are faced with rewards and consequences. Today is the first day of the new year, and during this year, we will all undoubtedly make many, many choices. Just like with Adam in the Garden of Eden, God gives each of us an important choice to make daily. That choice is whether we will obey Him. Will we choose to live for ourselves this year, focusing on the rewards of this world, or will we choose to live for God this year, putting Him first in everything we do?
As we begin our journey through the Bible today in Genesis, I pray that you will stay faithful to the daily reading plan and go deeper into God’s Word this year. When we choose to set aside time each day to read the Bible and pray, we grow in our knowledge of God and draw closer to Him. It will not always be easy. We all have “to do” lists that can make it difficult to find the time to stop each day to get into God’s Word. However, keep in mind that we always have a choice. None of us “have to” read the Bible every day. None of us “have to” pray every day. I pray that all of us will choose God every day. I pray that we will choose to obey Him, learn more about Him, and draw closer to Him daily. When we choose God first, all of our other choices will become so much easier to make.
Happy New Year!
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.