Thursday, June 21, 2012
Welcome to Day 172 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 6; 2 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 20; 1 Timothy 3 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Kings 6, story of the ax head floating.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.”
The two women ate the one woman’s son??
2 Kings 7, Israel plunders the Aramean army after they are blinded and run in fear.
2 Chronicles 20, this battle is not found in Kings. Jehoshaphat defeats Moab and Ammon. “All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.” What a great moment! v 18, “Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.”
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes
against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.”
v 32, “He [Jehoshaphat] followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 33 The high places,
were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.”
1 Timothy 3:1-12, qualifications to be an overseer or a deacon. Paul’s instructions on how we ought to conduct our lives…
My observation is that very few people don’t have a “however” somewhere in their life story…
2 Chronicles 20:32, “He [Jehoshaphat] followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 33 The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.”
Do you ever imagine a biblical summary of your life? One sentence or one verse that encapsulates a lifetime?
What might yours say?
I often wonder what mine will say.
I know I’m determining that, even now…
If I died today, mine might say, “Scott was 28 when he moved to Dayton along with Doug Roe, and their wives and children, to serve the Lord. He served 22 years.”
What if there were no “however?” Does there have to be one? Or is that just how life is… that we are all imperfect and flawed and destined to have “high places” in our lives that should have been removed, but for one reason or another, were not?
I wonder why Jehoshaphat didn’t remove the high places? Did he give in to public pressure? Did he have family who worshiped false gods? Was he too busy? Did he just think, “Those high places are just not that big of a deal?”
Look at the amazing victory he had by trusting in the Lord! God was certainly with him…
…even with high places in his life?
Lord, help me to remove the high places from my life… to faithfully serve you for the next 22 years!
P.S. The battle belongs to the Lord! “The Lord set ambushes!” Note to self…