Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday, June 8: 1 Kings 15:9-15, 2 Chronicles 14:1-8, 1 Kings 14:19-20, 1 Kings 15:25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9-15, 2 Chronicles 15:1-19

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Kings 15:9-15, 2 Chronicles 14:1-8, 1 Kings 14:19-20, 1 Kings 15:25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9-15, 2 Chronicles 15:1-19

A few thoughts on today's reading, which mostly covers the reign of king Asa of Judah.

1 Kings 15:14
Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.

This made me think of my own life. I feel like I'm fully committed to God as well, but do I also have some areas of my life where I'm not fully committed? Do I let parts of my life slid in order to suit my personal wants? Answer is yes. Next move is to work at fixing these areas to what God wants from me.

2 Chronicles 14:11
Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.”

When face to face with a powerful enemy, who wanted to destroy Asa and all of Judah, king Asa first called out to God for help. He didn't try fighting and when realizing he would lose would then call out to God. This too should be the order of events in our day as well, calling out to God in prayer early in the day asking for help. This acknowledges that we turn to God first for help, before facing the days challenges, asking Him for help because we can't do things on our own.

2 Chronicles 15:9
Then he assembled all Judah and Benjamin and the people from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who had settled among them, for large numbers had come over to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

The Israelites saw God at work in the people of Judah and Benjamin and decided the join them. They knew it was the right way and only way to survive. Do people see God in us, like the Israelites, did in the people if Judah, and want to come join with us in our walk with God?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10, 1 Kings 16:1-34, 1 Kings 15:23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-14, 2 Chronicles 17:1-19


Conrad said...

Asa calling out to God first without attempting to take it it on alone reminded me of something I read the other day:

To not pray is to silently declare that you have more power over your situation than Jesus does.

Tammy Reimer said...

So true that it shows spiritual maturity to rely on God before we're "in trouble", acknowledging that He is the source of all our strength.

Can it be said of us that our hearts remained completely faithful throughout our lives?