Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23: 1 Chronicles 10-12, Acts 3 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 10-12, Acts 3

The first thing that really stood out for me was:
13 So Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord. He failed to obey the Lord’s command, and he even consulted a medium 14 instead of asking the Lord for guidance. So the Lord killed him and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

"The Lord Killed him" other translations say "The Lord put him to death" or "therefor he slew him"

We had just read that Saul asked his armour bearer to kill him and when he wouldn't, Saul killed himself. However, this conclusion to chapter 10 reminds us that it was in God's plan for Saul to die because of his disobedience. God allowed Saul to die. God has perfect timing for the end of someone's life and also for the sparing of someone's life.

In the NT, this passage stood out:
16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.
Through faith, we are healed. Healed from our sin. Healed from our hurt. Healed from our inadequacy. Healed from our imperfection. We are crippled in God's sight and yet through our faith in Jesus we are made perfect and blameless.

What a comfort to know God has our life in His hand and through faith we are healed and called into glory despite our crippled lives.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Samuel 7-9, Acts 4


Nathan said...

Acts 3:12
Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness?

The first part of this verse caught my attention, "Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd"

I pray that when I see an opportunity I use it to tell others about God

Tammy said...

God's purposes and plans will always prevail, even when we don't understand them. We don't know why God chooses to heal some and not others (though we know all believers will ultimately be healed in heaven), but we do know that God always works for His glory and for our good, again, even when we don't understand it.

Great point as well Nathan that we need to seize the opportunities God gives us. So often I let them pass me by.