Monday, March 24, 2008

Day 82/90: 2 Chron 19-24, Obadiah, Jonah 1-4, 2 Pet 1-3

Today's reading highlights:
  • I love the words of King Jehoshaphat in 20:12 when he is confronted with overwhelming odds in front of him militarily - he says, "we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." Wow - that is awesome. I feel that way so much of the time. I feel like I am working way over my head every day, and that what I need to work on most is keeping my eyes on God alone - He is the one who is going to lead us.
  • The story of Joash the king of Judah and Jehoiada his chief priest (in chapter 24) is also fascinating - it is a good reminder that a faithful man of God can really influence leaders in his culture to consider the ways of God.
  • Both Obadiah and Jonah remind us that God does not enjoy the destruction of the wicked, but rather desires that they repent and turn to Him in faith and obedience. The OT gets such a bad-wrap as portraying God as vengeful and wrathful, but that depiction misses the point that God's proclamation of His wrath and judgment are in themselves incredibly merciful acts. I love how Obadiah challenges the people not to rejoice when God's judgment comes on others, but to observe and learn humbly. Of course, Jonah's story is our story - wanting to be used by God, but only on our terms and in our time-table. God's desire is that His messengers go where he sends them and say what he tells them.
  • 2 Peter is a great reminder to guard ourselves against false-teachers and those who excuse immorality in the name of spirituality.

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