Scriptures for October 17th: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8; Theme: Getting to know God for myself, not through someone else.
2 Timothy: We have one more week of advice from Timothy. This week Paul tells us to keep the faith that we have learned as a child. When we go out in the world, they will try to convince us that it has gone out of style. People will make up their own gospels and feel quite proud for doing so. They will create their own truth. There is only one truth, and that is God’s truth. Hold on to it. It may bring you suffering, but it will also bring you ultimate peace.
Luke: Life is unfair for so many people. Sometimes even the government is unfair, those who are responsible for helping us are unfair. What is our defense against those who don’t treat us as they should? Prayer; truth; being a witness for justice. A judge gave an unfair judgment against a poor defenseless widow, and then he disregarded her. She was able to stand up for herself in the name of God – and she got the justice she ask for. When we are right, God is always on our side.
Questions: God has no grand children, how do we keep the faith in our own lives? What are you doing in your life to have a closer relationship with God? How do you take the faith of your parents and not only apply it to your life, but to also pass it on to the next generation? When have you felt unjustly treated? How did you handle that situation? What role did prayer take in your actions? Did you feel that God was on your side?