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Today, December 31, 2021, is a crossroads, and halfway point in our two-year chronological devotional study of the Scriptures.

2021 – An End of the Year Report

Today’s devotional commentary is the 365th of 2021, and a milestone for me. A year ago, I purposed to provide my church family a daily study of the Scriptures, and it has been a joy to minister to both Hillsdale Baptist Church, and guests from around the world.

My personal study has taken us, from the Book of Genesis through the Book of Job, the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament), and the era of the Judges. We studied the life of King David, meditated on his Psalms, and pondered the wisdom of Solomon in his Proverbs. As we come to the end of 2021, we are in the midst of the post-Davidic era, and a study of the historical books of the Bible that include 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles.

2022 – The Year Ahead

Tomorrow is January 1, 2022, and the beginning of a New Year. If you have not done so, I invite you to print a copy of the Scripture reading schedule, fold it in quarters, and tuck it inside your Bible as a book mark and daily reminder to read God’s Word.

The days, weeks, and months ahead will present us with an opportunity to continue our chronological study of the Scriptures. My devotional commentaries are intended to guide you through the books of the Major and Minor Prophets, follow Israel’s tragic descent into Assyrian captivity, and Judah’s years of captivity in Babylon following the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem. We will journey through the post-exilic years, and rejoice in the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Before 2022 has passed, we will consider the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of our LORD, and follow the principles and precepts of the writings of the apostles. As the LORD blesses, 2022 will conclude with a prophetic study of the Book of Revelation.

A Parting Challenge

Discipline, determination, and dedication are required of those who will complete this two-year journey through the Scriptures. I pray there will be many who might aspire to the apostle Paul’s challenge to Timothy: 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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With the heart of a shepherd,

Travis D. Smith

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