Day 1: More than Mistakes
At this point in time, Paul had addressed a number of important topics in his letter to the people of Corinth. He wrote about glorifying God with our bodies, managing conflict within the church, marital obligations, and more. Now, Paul focuses on the ancient history of the people of Israel, and how they failed to worship God alone.
While it is likely that the people of Israel knew their history and heritage well, Paul takes the time to draw out some specifics. He writes that the people of Israel in the Old Testament didn’t just make minor mistakes, but instead, they made intentional decisions against God. They drank and indulged in revelry (10:7). They committed sexual immorality (10:8). They tested God (10:9). They grumbled against God (10:10). And the consequences they experienced due to these decisions were quite severe.
Finally, knowing that the people of Corinth lived in a society in which followers of Christ would be tempted to commit these same acts against God, he encourages them as strongly as he can by writing, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common for mankind…but God will provide a way out for you (vv. 12-13).” As you read today, consider this: Think of a time when you were tempted in one of the ways mentioned above.
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-13
Think of a time when you were tempted in one of the ways mentioned in today’s reading (10:7-10). Were you tempted in any of these ways recently? In what way did God provide a way out for you (10:12-13)?
What are 3-4 things you’ve learned from your own family history?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Esther 5, 6, & 7
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, I recognize that I live in a world and culture in which temptations regularly come my way. I’m tempted to give-in to behaviors that numb me from reality. I’m tempted to think or give-in to sexual immorality. I’m tempted to indulge, to test You, to grumble against You, and more. I pray for wisdom in how to best respond to these temptations, that the way out is clear for me. Bring to my mind all the things that distract me from better knowing You and keeping my focus on You. Help me to see how to best remove these distractions from my life. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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