Our OT passage starts off with Hanum, king of the Ammonites, listening to extremely foolish advice, and embarrassing the ambassadors of King David instead of receiving David's message of consolation at the death of Hanum's father. What part of this plan sounded like a good idea?! Humiliate an adversary so you end up provoking him to war?
It seems ludicrous and oh so obvious. But how often do we do the same? We listen to foolish advice, because it's easier or because it's what we want to hear or because it strokes our ego. We need to be careful who we surround ourselves with, and to whom we go to for advice. And no matter how responsible or full of integrity they are, we still need to measure their advice against the commandments and principles of the Bible.
In our NT passage, I love the stories of Simeon and Anna - old and steadfastly faithful believers whom God chose to bless by allowing them to see the Messiah with their own eyes, and for them to know that the baby they were ministering to was the Christ. What an amazing experience this must have been for them. What a wonderful way to say, already in this present world "well done, good and faithful servants!"
We know that we will be rewarded in heaven someday and that we will experiences untold and unimaginable blessings that will make any hardship suffered on earth pale in comparison. But sometimes, maybe even oftentimes, God chooses to bless us on earth as well. Do we notice the blessings God gives us or do we take them for granted?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Chronicles 22-24; Luke 3