In What or Whom Do I Trust?

After some thought about how I could best help the regular readers of this blog, it occurred to me to begin sharing my personal Bible studies in a question format along with questions from the daily reading from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Until today, my practice was to read two chapters from the Old Testament, two from the New, a Psalm, and a Proverb. That much material would create enough material for a few days worth of blogs not just one, so I’m going to drop back to one chapter from each testament, a Psalm, a Proverb, and the daily reading from Oswald Chambers. If you like the new format, let me know through the website. I’ll continue to post occasional satires and other blogs, but I think the devotional format will benefit more people.

I’ll pick up where I am in my personal study beginning with Isaiah 40, Luke 5, Psalm 30, Proverbs 30, and May 30 in Oswald Chambers. If this appears to be working for the readers, I’ll pick a date in the future and start over with Genesis and Matthew. By reading the Bible this way, we cycle through the New Testament many more times than the old. Also, I will skip over the long descriptions of how the temple was designed, listings of genealogies, etc.

In What or Whom Do I Trust?

Some common themes are woven into today’s readings, and each day we have to decide who or what we are going to trust. Taking up our cross and trusting God will always involve leaving behind what is comfortable and known. The call of Abraham is ours, we must be willing to go to spiritual places previously unknown to us.

Isaiah 40

  1. What does this chapter teach us about the nature of God?
  2. How does God regard the nations?
  3. How should we regard them and what level of trust should we place in them?
  4. What is the difference between being a good citizen because we are obedient to God and just being a good citizen?
  5. Which makes for better citizens?
  6. What happens when we trust in God?

Luke 5

  1. How does trusting in God usually involve going beyond our expectations?
  2. Was Peter called to something familiar and known? What would have been the commonsense approach?
  3. What limits to my calling is my commonsense placing on me?
  4. How do religious commonsense and expectations limit me and prevent me from fulfilling God’s plan for my life?

Psalm 30

  1. What does this Psalm teach us about the nature of God?
  2. What does it teach us about prayer?

Proverbs 30

  1. What do we learn about the nature of God here?
  2. What challenge is laid before this in this proverb?

My Utmost for His Highest, May 30

  1. When someone says “yes-but…” to me, how do I feel and think toward that person?
  2. When I say this to God, how is it likely to affect my relationship with him?
  3. How willing am I to move beyond a commonsense life? What does this say about my level of trust in God?
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