Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Welcome to Day 184 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Isaiah 6; Isaiah 7; 2 Chronicles 26; 2 Chronicles 27; Philemon 1 (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
Isaiah 6:8, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 7, starting in chapter 7 (through 11) these oracles of judgment and hope are associated with the war between Judah and a coalition of Israel and Syria. RSB
11 “Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”
2 Chronicles 26:16, “After Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in. 18 They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God.”
19 “Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord’s temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead.”
2 Chronicles 27:2 “He [Jotham] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the Lord. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices.”
Philemon 1:8, “Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9 yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.”
Pride? Not good…
Boy, is there a lesson to be learned from Uzziah’s situation…
We all know “pride cometh before a fall.”
Today’s application is simple: Check my pride at the door.
Not interested AT ALL in the results. (Leprosy… Not fun.)
While we may not be stricken with leprosy, there are still plenty of negative results from pride… Right?
I just don’t want anything to do with it.
Lord, I want to check mine at the door… Daily.