Day 181

Today’s Reading – 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-23

Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. 2 Chronicles 21:20

This entire set of chapters for today reads like a bad soap opera.

One king after another plotting treachery, trying to get ahead. Few are good. Most are evil and self-seeking.

But, this passage sticks out as really sad:

He passed away, to no one’s regret

A 43 year old man, at the top of his field, dies.

No one cares. No fancy funeral – no one would come. No accolades.

I often ask church leaders, “If your church closed tomorrow, never to exist, would anyone care other than your members?”

Ask yourself, “How will your absence effect those around you?”

Live a life that impacts those around you – not because you can gain something from them, but because you have something to give.

Live a life of faith with no regrets and avoid the sad epitaph:

He passed away, to no one’s regret

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Tomorrow’s Reading – Obadiah and Psalms 82-83

Day 180

Today’s Reading – 1 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 18
The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, 
“Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. 
Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”

I King 22:13

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Ever been tempted to go along with the crowd?

What harm could there be? After all these others were also prophets.

Micaiah was not like the others – He was not going to tell the king what he wanted to hear, but rather he would tell the king what God has declared.

(Elijah had predicted King Ahab’s death and now was the time for God to make good on His prediction 1 King 21:19)

It is much easier to tell a friend or colleague what they want to hear, but we who follow Jesus are called to light in the world.

Take a stand for what you believe and speak the truth – the truth of God.

Tomorrow’s Reading – 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-23

Day 179

Today’s Reading 1 Kings Chapters 20-21

There was never anyone like Ahab. He gave himself over to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord. His wife Jezebel talked him into it. He acted in the most evil way. He worshiped statues of gods. He was like the Amorites. The Lord drove them out to make room for Israel.

When Ahab heard what Elijah had said, he tore his clothes. He put on black clothes. He went without eating. He even slept in his clothes. He went around looking sad.
I King 21:25-27 NIV
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Ahab was a bad man, a very bad man. I get that.
But, you might ask why would Naboth not go ahead and sell the land? Because the land was part of his inheritance (or allotment) from God. Naboth had no right to sell what belonged to God – Naboth was the steward.
A couple of take aways for today:

1) No matter how bad you are or have been it is never impossible (or too late) to humble yourself before God and repent. Ahab figured that out.

2) God has given you stewardship of much in your life. Be careful that you do not “sell” what is not yours in order to prosper in this life. Too often we settle for what looks like profit when God intended so much for us!

Day 178

Today’s Reading – 1 Kings Chapter 17-19

Some time later the brook dried up
because there had been no rain in the land.

I Kings 17:7 
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A disclaimer: I really like Elijah. Just ask some of my former colleagues.

I just seem to relate to him on so many levels.

Today’s highlighted scripture is one place.

Elijah is directed to a ravine and in that place he is cared for by God.

He has water to drink and food to eat and all of his needs are being met.

He has been faithful to God in all his actions . . .

and then . . .

ever been in one of those “and then” moments?

The brook dries up.

Why?

What has he done?

Oh, but wait, there is a drought in the land.

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to King Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” I Kings 17:1 

No Rain. No Brook.

How often we miss that the brooks that run dry in our life are all part of God’s plan. A plan to move us on and to grow and prosper us.

Be thankful for the brooks in your life and be ready to rejoice when the run dry!

Tomorrow’s Reading – I Kings Chapters 20-21

Day 177

Today’s Reading – 1 Kings Chapter 16 and 2 Chronicles Chapter 17

The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals, but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.  2 Chronicles 17:3-4

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Ever play the game what is missing?

Two seemingly identical pictures with small difference.

That is the story of the kings in the Old Testament.

Repeating images and stories of kings, but with one difference.

Some chose to follow the ways of God and to honor Him in all ways.

Some didn’t.

Some prospered and lived long lives – a type of “happily ever after.”

Some didn’t.

Which image are you repeating?

Whose image are you replicating in your life?

 

Tomorrow’s Reading – 1 Kings Chapter 17-19

Day 176

Today’s Reading – 1 Kings Chapters 15 and 2 Chronicles Chapters 13-16

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Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
2 Chronicles 14:2

A good start and a weak finish.  That is the story of King Asa.

Not the way to be remembered.

The reality is the same today as it has always been . . .

it is not how you start, but how you finish.

Regardless of your past, it is still your choice.

Regardless of your start, How will you finish?

 

Tomorrow’s Reading – 1 Kings Chapter 16 and 2 Chronicles Chapter 17

Day 175

Today’s Reading – 2 Chronicles Chapters 10-12

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He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD. 
2 Chronicles 12:14

The recurring theme. He did evil.

It’s easy to spot evil.  Everyone points it out.  Finding the root cause is harder.

Evil wasn’t revealed in just the actions of the king.

The Bible speaks to the evil that was in his heart because it was not right with God.

Evil is not just found in actions, but the root of evil is found in our heart’s desire.

Watch the evening news for very long and you will have to think, “How could anyone do something that evil?”

Here is the answer, they stop seeking after the things of God.

Once you set a course away from God – the destination can be very scary.

Avoid the problem – seek after God’s ways . . . now!

 

Tomorrow’s Reading – 1 Kings Chapters 15 and 2 Chronicles Chapters 13-16