Daily Devotions

Date:

December 31, 2020

Scripture:

Malachi Revelation 22

What is the Book of Life? What exactly is recorded in this mysterious yet utmost important book? Nobody knows for sure, but its existence is a certainty based on the testimonies of the Bible.
The Book was first hinted by Moses in his conversation with the LORD. After the Israelites made the golden calf in rebellion, Moses pleaded with God: “but now, please forgive their sin-- but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written” (Ex 32:32). God’s answer confirmed the existence of such Book: “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book” (Ex 32:33). God is sovereign, and he alone decides whose name gets recorded in his Book.
The Book was also hinted by God through the prophet Malachi. In this last prophecy of OT, the LORD pointed out the despicable things Israel did against him, including sacrificing blemished animals (Mal 1:8), marrying daughter of a foreign god (2:11), breaking faith with the wife of their youth (2:15), and robbing God’s tithes and offerings (3:8). However, God remembered those who feared him and honored his name, and they were recorded in a scroll of remembrance (3:16). God remembers his people, and their righteous deeds are like the fine linen they wear at the end.
The Book is also mentioned by Apostle Paul. There were conflicts between two women in Philippians church, and Paul exhorted others to help them because “these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life” (Phi 4:3). Serving together in the Lord is the way God ordained to build our characters and maturity, and such growth often comes through facing conflicts and disagreements. Without those trials, we hardly see our deficiency and our need for the gospel. God is forgiving, and he allows us to grow through mistakes and repentance.
Finally, the Book is mentioned by the Lord himself in John’s apocalypse. There will be tribulations in the last days, and the saints will be put through harsh trials. All those who overcome will be in the Book of Life, and the Lord shall acknowledge them before the Father and angels (Rev 3:5). The Book will also be used during the final judgment (20:12), and only those whose name is in the Book will be allowed into the New Jerusalem (21:27). God is faithful, and he will honor those who honor him before the world.
Even though we don’t know the exact content of the Book of life, we were given another “Book of Life” which testifies for the source of eternal life (Jn 5:39). Through diligently reading the Bible, the word of God, we may get to know the one whom God sent for our sake. And knowing Him IS eternal life (Jn 17:3), and having eternal life is the evidence that our names are in the Book of Life.
On this last day of our Bible-in-one-year reading schedule, let us rejoice with humility. We have indeed accomplished the task of reading the Bible from cover to cover, but our knowledge about the living God is still superficial. We have indeed tasted the sweetness of his word, but our understanding of his revelation is far from complete. We have indeed memorized a few stories and teachings, but our pursuit of the eternal God has just begun. Let us rejoice for a little while. But starting tomorrow, let us dig deeper into his word in our daily quiet time. Let this “Book of Life” continues to recover God’s image and likeness in each one of us. Amen!
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Keep on reading next year.

Past Devotions
Date
Scripture
12/31/2020
Malachi Revelation 22
12/30/2020
Zechariah 13,14 Revelation 21
12/29/2020
Zechariah 10-12 Revelation 20
12/28/2020
Zechariah 7-9 Revelation 19
12/27/2020
Zechariah 4-6 Revelation 18
12/26/2020
Zechariah 1-3 Revelation 17
12/25/2020
Haggai Revelation 16
12/24/2020
Zephaniah Revelation 15
12/23/2020
Habakkuk Revelation 14
12/22/2020
Nahum Revelation 13
12/21/2020
Micah 6,7 Revelation 12
12/20/2020
Micah 4,5 Revelation 11
12/19/2020
Micah 1-3 Revelation 10
12/18/2020
Jonah Revelation 9
12/17/2020
Obadiah Revelation 8
12/16/2020
Amos 7-9 Revelation 7
12/15/2020
Amos 4-6 Revelation 6
12/14/2020
Amos 1-3 Revelation 5
12/14/2020
Amos 1-3 Revelation 5
12/13/2020
Joel 1-3, Revelation 4
12/12/2020
Hosea 12-14 Revelation 3
12/11/2020
Hosea 9-11 Revelation 2
12/10/2020
Hosea 5-8 Revelation 1
12/09/2020
Hosea 1-4 Jude
12/08/2020
Daniel 11,12 3 John
12/07/2020
Daniel 9,10 2 John
12/06/2020
Daniel 7,8 1 John 5
12/05/2020
Daniel 5,6 1 John 4
12/04/2020
Daniel 3,4 1 John 3
12/03/2020
Daniel 1,2 1 John 2
12/02/2020
Ezekiel 47,48 1 John 1
12/01/2020
Ezekiel 45,46 2 Peter 3
11/30/2020
Ezekiel 43,44 2 Peter 2
11/29/2020
Ezekiel 41,42 2 Peter 1
11/28/2020
Ezekiel 40 1 Peter 5
11/27/2020
Ezekiel 38,39 1 Peter 4
11/26/2020
Ezekiel 36,37 1 Peter 3
11/25/2020
Ezekiel 34,35 1 Peter 2
11/24/2020
Ezekiel 32,33 1 Peter 1
11/23/2020
Ezekiel 29-31 James 5
11/22/2020
Ezekiel 27,28 James 4
11/21/2020
Ezekiel 24-26 James 3
11/20/2020
Ezekiel 22,23 James 2
11/19/2020
Ezekiel 20,21 James 1
11/17/2020
Ezekiel 17-19 Hebrews 13
11/17/2020
Ezekiel 16 Hebrews 12
11/16/2020
Ezekiel 13-15 Hebrews 11:20-40
11/15/2020
Ezekiel 10-12 Hebrews 11:1-19
11/14/2020
Ezekiel 7-9 Hebrews 10:24-39
11/13/2020
Ezekiel 4-6 Hebrews 10:1-23
11/12/2020
Ezekiel 1-3 Hebrews 9
11/11/2020
Lamentations 3-5 Hebrews 8
11/10/2020
Lamentations 1,2 Hebrews 7
11/09/2020
Jeremiah 51,52 Hebrews 6
11/08/2020
Jeremiah 49,50 Hebrews 5
11/07/2020
Jeremiah 46-48 Hebrews 4
11/06/2020
Jeremiah 43-45 Hebrews 3
11/05/2020
Jeremiah 40-42 Hebrews 2
11/03/2020
Jeremiah 38,39 Hebrews 1
11/03/2020
Jeremiah 36,37 Philemon
11/02/2020
Jeremiah 33-35 Titus 3
11/01/2020
Jeremiah 31,32 Titus 2
10/31/2020
Jeremiah 29,30 Titus 1
10/30/2020
Jeremiah 27,28 2 Timothy 4
10/29/2020
Jeremiah 25,26 2 Timothy 3
10/28/2020
Jeremiah 23,24 2 Timothy 2
10/27/2020
Jeremiah 20-22 2 Timothy 1
10/26/2020
Jeremiah 17-19 1 Timothy 6
10/25/2020
Jeremiah 14-16 1 Timothy 5
10/24/2020
Jeremiah 11-13 1 Timothy 4
10/23/2020
Jeremiah 9,10 1 Timothy 3
10/22/2020
Jeremiah 7,8 1 Timothy 2
10/21/2020
Jeremiah 5,6 1 Timothy 1
10/20/2020
Jeremiah 3,4 2 Thessalonians 3
10/19/2020
Jeremiah 1,2 2 Thessalonians 2
10/18/2020
Isaiah 65,66 2 Thessalonians 1
10/17/2020
Isaiah 62-64 1 Thessalonians 5
10/16/2020
Isaiah 59-61 1 Thessalonians 4
10/15/2020
Isaiah 56-58 1 Thessalonians 3
10/14/2020
Isaiah 53-55 1 Thessalonians 2
10/12/2020
Isaiah 48,49 Colossians 4
10/11/2020
Isaiah 45-47 Colossians 3
10/10/2020
Isaiah 43,44 Colossians 2
10/09/2020
Isaiah 41,42 Colossians 1
10/08/2020
Isaiah 39,40 Philippians 4
10/07/2020
Isaiah 37,38 Philippians 3
10/06/2020
Isaiah 34-36 Philippians 2
10/05/2020
Isaiah 31-33 Philippians 1
10/04/2020
Isaiah 29,30 Ephesians 6
10/03/2020
Isaiah 27,28 Ephesians 5
10/02/2020
Isaiah 24-26 Ephesians 4
10/01/2020
Isaiah 22,23 Ephesians 3
09/30/2020
Isaiah 19-21 Ephesians 2
09/29/2020
Isaiah 16-18 Ephesians 1
09/28/2020
Isaiah 13-15 Galatians 6
09/27/2020
Isaiah 10-12 Galatians 5
09/26/2020
Isaiah 7-9 Galatians 4
09/25/2020
Isaiah 4-6 Galatians 3
09/24/2020
Isaiah 1-3 Galatians 2
09/23/2020
Song of Songs 6-8 Galatians 1
09/22/2020
Song of Songs 4,5 2 Corinthians 13
09/21/2020
Song of Songs 1-3 2 Corinthians 12
09/20/2020
Ecclesiastes 10-12 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
09/19/2020
Ecclesiastes 7-9 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
09/18/2020
Ecclesiastes 4-6 2 Corinthians 10
09/17/2020
Ecclesiastes 1-3 2 Corinthians 9
09/16/2020
Proverbs 30,31 2 Corinthians 8
09/15/2020
Proverbs 28,29 2 Corinthians 7
09/14/2020
Proverbs 25-27 2 Corinthians 6
09/13/2020
Proverbs 23,24 2 Corinthians 5
09/12/2020
Proverbs 21,22 2 Corinthians 4
09/11/2020
Proverbs 19,20 2 Corinthians 3
09/10/2020
Proverbs 17,18 2 Corinthians 2
09/09/2020
Proverbs 15,16 2 Corinthians 1
09/08/2020
Proverbs 13,14 1 Corinthians 16
09/07/2020
Proverbs 11,12 1 Corinthians 15:33-58
09/06/2020
Proverbs 9,10 1 Corinthians 15:1-32
09/05/2020
Proverbs 7,8 1 Corinthians 14:21-40
09/04/2020
Proverbs 5,6 1 Corinthians 14:1-20
09/03/2020
Proverbs 3,4 1 Corinthians 13
09/02/2020
Proverbs 1,2 1 Corinthians 12
09/01/2020
Psalm 148-150 1 Corinthians 11:16-34
08/31/2020
Psalm 145-147 1 Corinthians 11:1-15
08/30/2020
Psalm 142-144 1 Corinthians 10:14-33
08/29/2020
Psalm 139-141 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
08/28/2020
Psalm 136-138 1 Corinthians 9
08/27/2020
Psalm 132-135 1 Corinthians 8
08/26/2020
Psalm 128-131 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
08/25/2020
Psalm 124-127 1 Corinthians 7:1-24
08/24/2020
Psalm 120-123 1 Corinthians 6
08/23/2020
Psalm 119:105-176 1 Corinthians 5
08/22/2020
Psalm 119:49-104 1 Corinthians 4
08/21/2020
Psalm 119:1-48 1 Corinthians 3
08/20/2020
Psalm 116-118 1 Corinthians 2
08/19/2020
Psalm 112-115 1 Corinthians 1
08/18/2020
Psalm 109-111 Romans 16
08/17/2020
Psalm 107,108 Romans. 15:21-33
08/16/2020
Psalm 105,106 Romans 15:1-20
08/15/2020
Psalm 103,104 Romans 14
08/14/2020
Psalm 99-102 Romans 13
08/13/2020
Psalm 96-98 Romans 12
08/12/2020
Psalm 93-95 Romans. 11:22-36
08/11/2020
Psalm 90-92 Romans 11:1-21
08/10/2020
Psalm 88,89 Romans 10
08/09/2020
Psalm 85-87 Romans 9
08/08/2020
Psalm 82-84 Romans 8:19-39
08/07/2020
Psalm 79-81 Romans 8:1-18
08/06/2020
Psalm 78 Romans 7
08/05/2020
Psalm 75-77 Romans 6
08/04/2020
Psalm 73,74 Romans 5
08/03/2020
Psalm 70-72 Romans 4
08/02/2020
Psalm 68,69 Romans 3
08/01/2020
Psalm 65-67 Romans 2
07/31/2020
Psalm 62-64 Romans 1
07/30/2020
Psalm 59-61 Acts 28:16-31
07/29/2020
Psalm 56-58 Acts 28:1-15
07/28/2020
Psalm 53-55 Acts 27:26-44
07/27/2020
Psalm 50-52 Acts 27:1-25
07/26/2020
Psalm 47-49 Acts 26
07/25/2020
Psalm 44-46 Acts 25
07/24/2020
Psalm 41-43 Acts 24
07/23/2020
Psalm 38-40 Acts 23:12-35
07/22/2020
Psalm 36,37 Acts 23:1-11
07/21/2020
Psalm 34,35 Acts 22
07/20/2020
Psalm 31-33 Acts 21:15-40
07/19/2020
Psalm 28-30 Acts 21:1-14
07/18/2020
Psalm 25-27 Acts 20:17-38
07/17/2020
Psalm 22-24 Acts 20:1-16
07/16/2020
Psalm 19-21 Acts 19:21-41
07/15/2020
Psalm 17,18 Acts 19:1-20
07/14/2020
Psalm 13-16 Acts 18
07/13/2020
Psalm 10-12 Acts 17:16-34
07/12/2020
Psalm 7-9 Acts 17:1-15
07/11/2020
Psalm 4-6 Acts 16:16-40
07/10/2020
Psalm 1-3 Acts 16:1-15
07/09/2020
Job 40-42 Acts 15:22-41
07/08/2020
Job 38-39 Acts 15:1-21
07/07/2020
Job 35-37 Acts 14
07/06/2020
Job 33-34 Acts 13:24-52
07/05/2020
Job 31-32 Acts 13:1-23
07/04/2020
Job 29-30 Acts 12
07/03/2020
Job 26-28 Acts 11
07/02/2020
Job 23-25 Acts 10:24-48
07/01/2020
Job 21-22 Acts 10:1-23
06/30/2020
Job 19,20 Acts 9:23-43
06/29/2020
Job 16-18 Acts 9:1-22
06/28/2020
Job 13-15 Acts 8:26-40
06/27/2020
Job 10-12 Acts 8:1-25
06/26/2020
Job 7-9 Acts 7:44-60
06/25/2020
Job 4-6 Acts 7:20-43
06/24/2020
Job 1-3 Acts 7:1-19
06/23/2020
Esther 7-10 Acts 6
06/22/2020
Esther 4-6 Acts 5:17-42
06/21/2020
Esther 1-3 Acts 5:1-16
06/20/2020
Nehemiah 12,13 Acts 4:23-37
06/19/2020
Nehemiah 9-11 Acts 4:1-22
06/18/2020
Nehemiah 7,8 Acts 3
06/17/2020
Nehemiah 4-6 Acts 2:14-47
06/16/2020
Nehemiah 1-3 Acts 2:1-13
06/15/2020
Ezra 9,10 Acts 1