Sunday, March 02, 2008

Day 62/90: 2 Sam 21-24, Jer 48-52, Phil 3-4

Today's Highlights:
  • At the end of David's life, we see the interesting combination of his continued passionate pursuit of God (including his awesome songs) with the continuing consequences from his sin. His house is never at peace through the end of his life, but he does keep his eyes on the Lord and remembers what is important - his song of praise in 2 Samuel 22-23 is powerful. I also like his words in 2 Samuel 24.24 where he says that he will not sacrifice anything to the Lord that costs him nothing - a good reminder to give our best to the Lord, not just our left-overs.
  • The end of Jeremiah is a sober section of exile realized (as the Babylonians take those in Judah into captivity) combined with incredible hope that God will one day bring judgment on Babylon - several of the last chapters of Jeremiah are God's promises to bring His wrath on the people of Babylon for their cruelty toward Judah. Interesting that God will still hold those people accountable for their actions even if he uses their actions to complete His purposes - deep theology there...
  • I love Paul's focus on joy in Philippians - he talks about rejoicing in all circumstances. He also talks about how the Lord had taught him to be content in all situations - when he had much and when he had little. This is an area that I need to continue to grow in - to have joy in all situations. I especially have been challenged by Philippians 4:5 - "let your gentleness be evident to all." I need to continually work on this area...

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