Can we relate to II Kings where we find a nation in rebellion, disobedient to God? Oh, how the Bread of Life wants to satisfy the hunger within us for truth and hope in uncertain times! May we truly serve the Rejected King and acknowledge His Word as the light for our path so that we can walk in His will.
Israel didn't want a theocracy, so God gave them kings. Many made bad decisions, married to form political alliances that they thought would provide protection, and failed to worship the One True God. David wanted more from his son. Our heavenly Father wants more from His children also. Let's not fall in step with those around us, but follow in His steps.
While in a Roman jail, the Apostle Paul called himself a prisoner of Jesus Christ. He did not say he was a prisoner of Rome. He was acknowledging that God is sovereign. While in prison, he wrote what is commonly known as the prison epistles. God provided the time and means whereby this apostle could leave written instructions for the saints of all ages. The book of Ephesians has much to offer.
Matthew reveals Christ, who though He was God, came through a physical lineage beginning with Abraham. The author was a hated tax collector whom Jesus chose to be an apostle, thus revealing God's love for those whom the world judges as unlovable. The book develops how a citizen of heaven should behave and so much more.
In II Samuel we see life in the raw. Without an understanding of God's Word or God's servant, some made assumptions that cost them their lives. May we learn from these accounts God has preserved. They've been recorded to help us, protect us, and teach us.
Oh, what could have been! Saul is one of those characters that brings us face to face with that reality. Opportunity was given, but sins of the flesh - like pride, jealousy - caused him to lose it. May we let Him have His way with us.
Intended to be our Guide as the repository of truth, Ancient Words have been preserved for all time. We know truth is not found in organized religion, for men have a tendency to stray- to seek their own glory. Let's win battles, not with religious articles, but through God's power as revealed in His Word.
On Memorial Day we remember fallen soldiers of old who paid the ultimate price for freedom. We also want to glean from God's Word in 1st Samuel and learn why some of God's chosen fell on the battle field unnecessarily. Let's focus on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and march onward.
Initially when God called, Samuel did not identify that voice correctly. There are so many voices today who claim to speak for God. It's important that we are studying God's Word for ourselves so we can be sure what we're hearing aligns with the rest of Holy Writ. Let's get to work.