chronological day 167 :)

Today, we are reading 2 Kings chapters 5,6,7,and 8. Lots going on for Elisha, lots of ups and downs.  What is your highlight today?

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Today really showed us two sides of Elisha’s role as prophet.  He was responsible for delivering both good news (that must have been a joy!) and delivering bad news (that must have been heartbreaking).  Can you imagine the ability to see what would happen but still be powerless to stop it? Even when God offers warnings, they go unheeded at times.

Chapter 5 is misunderstanding after misunderstanding, oh my. It’s a reminder that even when we don’t understand, obedience is best AND it is okay to take a step back and ask questions. God isn’t offended by our questions.

Let’s highlight this prayer:

Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.” (2 Kings 6:17 MSG)

What a wonderful prayer – Lord, open our eyes and let us see as well!

chronological day 166 :)

please read 2 Kings 2, and 2 Kings 4: Did today make you smile? It did me!

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“Elijah said to Elisha, ‘What can I do for you before I’m taken from you? Ask anything.’ Elisha said, ‘Your life repeated in my life. I want to be a holy man just like you.’ 

‘That’s a hard one!’ said Elijah. ‘But if you’re watching when I’m taken from you, you’ll get what you’ve asked for. But only if you’re watching.’ And so it happened. They were walking along and talking. Suddenly a chariot and horses of fire came between them and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven” (2 Kings 2:9-11 MSG)

Can you imagine watching Elijah being swept up into heaven?  That would be scary UNLESS you have a solid relationship with God, as Elijah did.  I love his final request – he wanted Elijah’s life repeated in his life.  Finding such a godly example is such a gift.

I love the story of the woman and her oil – the miracle only stopped when she stopped providing the vessels.  I also love the Shunamite woman – can you imagine? Her son is dead and when someone asks how she is, she says she’s fine (2 Kings 4:26)? That’s faith, wow. God answered her faith – He will answer our faith too.

chronological day 165 :)

Please read 2 Kings 1, 2 Kings 3, 1 Kings 22:41-49, 2 Chronicles 20:31-37, 1 Kings 22:50, 2 Chronicles 21:1-4, 2 Kings 8:16-22, and 2 Chronicles 21:5-7. What stands out to you today?

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Every time David’s name comes up, I’m amazed again at the strength of the covenant God made with him.  God never forgets.  Consider putting a mark or highlight next to the places where God mentions the covenant – it’s powerful, and you’ll see David’s covenant last well into the new testament!

“But despite that, because of his servant David, God was not ready to destroy Judah. He had, after all, promised to keep a lamp burning through David’s descendants” (2 Kings 8:19 MSG)

Even kings who seemed to do well, left out important parts – like not getting rid of the sex shrines and idols.  It seems a reflection on us (as leaders) if we allow evil to prosper and grow on our watch.

chronological day 164 :)

Today, we’ll read 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 1 Kings 22:51-53, 2 Chronicles 19, and 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.  Come on back and let’s visit – what stands out to you today?

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Macaiah continues to tell the truth, though the king is not pleased.

I saw all of Israel scattered over the hills,
    sheep with no shepherd.
Then God spoke: ‘These poor people
    have no one to tell them what to do’ “ (1 Kings 22:17 MSG)

It’s sad when he prophesies that the people are like sheep without a shepherd – when God Himself is willing to be their Shepherd!

“As long as Jehoshophat reigned, peace reigned” (2 Chron 20:30 MSG)

What a powerful testimony. Also, when Jehoshophat called his fast, I noticed that everyone participated – it reminded of how Moses led the people by his example.

 

chronological day 163 :)

Today, we’ll read 1 Kings 20:23-43, 1 Kings 21, 1 Kings 22:1-9, and 2 Chronicles 18:1-8.  So much going on, it’s so hard to just “hit the highlights” or even pick out what the highlights are!  Something different stands out to you than stands out to me, I’m sure!

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“Before you do anything, ask God for guidance” (2 Chron. 18:4 MSG)

That’s great advice, but Ahab has not been listening to God (and after yesterday!  Come on, Ahab!). He has prophets, but he’s hand picking the ones who only tell him what he wants to hear.  We should desire truth over comfort.

chronological day 162 :)

Please read 1 Kings 17:8-24, 1 Kings 18, 1 Kings 19, and 1 Kings 20:1-22.  Head on back when you’ve finished and let’s visit!

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What a great day! Elijah continues to be obedient and has a great victory – isn’t that how it happens for us as well?  I’ve heard people criticize Elijah for going into hiding after the great show against Baal’s prophets, when Jezebel swears revenge against him – but I think he was just exhausted, and didn’t feel equal to an immediate follow-up battle. (I understand that God is faithful – I’m just also understanding that Elijah was human). We get 2 chapters, but when you really think about being left alone, the only prophet of God in the middle of all that evil…. It was ALOT and it took more than the 5 minutes it took us to read it! He wanted a rest – I get it!

Love the wisdom of Ahab when Ben-Hadad threatens:

“Think about it – it’s easier to start a fight than end one” (1 Kings 20:11 MSG).

Truth. What about God using Ahab to strike the first blow?  What a faith booster there!

chronological day 161 :)

Today, we are reading 1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10, 1 Kings 16, 1 Kings 15:23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-14, 2 Chronicles 16:11-14, 2 Chronicles 17, and 1 Kings 17:1-7.   Seems like a lot, but hang in there!  Come on back, and let’s see together what the Word has to say to us today!

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“you were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God’s help” (2 Chron. 16:9 MSG)

Amen!  We make that same mistake today, don’t we?  Seek help from humans when GOd is our Source.

I am encouraged by Elijah’s obedience – God tells him something and he does it.  I notice that the means of provision changes and Elijah changes with it – the brook Cherith was good for a season, then it dried up and God moved Elijah on.  When God moves, we need to be ready to move with Him and not hang on to what worked yesterday.

It’s funny how the God who stays the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) seems to change all the time, LOL! It’s His character that stays the same and that’s a tremendous comfort ❤

chronological day 160 :)

WOW – big list today!   Don’t give up – 160 days in, we’ve come to far to turn back now, right?  How are getting through?  Are you using the YouVersion One Year Chronological Plan?  Do you have a chronological bible?  Are you looking up verses in your old faithful bible?  I do a little of all three – but days like this, I’m glad to have it laid out for me!  Please read: 1 Kings 13, 1 Kings 14:1-24, 2 Chronicles 12:13-14, 2 Chronicles 11:18-23, 2 Chronicles 12:1-12, 1 Kings 14:25-28, 2 Chronicles 12:13-16, 1 Kings 14:29-31, 1 Kings 15:1-5, 2 Chronicles 13, 1 Kings 15:9-15, 1 Kings 14:9-20, 1 Kings 15:25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9-15, 2 Chronicles 15.  Here we go:

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What horrible news of Israel and its kings.  I don’t guess anyone is left who remembers being told about when God Himself offered to be their king and Israel rejected Him. God is still thinking about His covenant with David, He never breaks it.  We’ll continue to see that covenant even into the new testament. When Jeroboam’s son comes into power, it is written,

“He was not truehearted to God as his great-grandfather David had been. But despite that, out of respect for David, his God graciously gave him a lamp, a son to follow him and keep Jerusalem secure. For David had lived an exemplary life before God all his days, not going off on his own in willful defiance of God’s clear directions, except for that time with Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:3-5 MSG)

I thought of the present day when I read about Jeroboam letting anyone become priests – it’s the same today, isn’t it?  When my husband was ordained, it was a little of a difficult process – now one can become a minister over the internet. Nothing seems sacred. Asa did better than the others, but still left a lot out – we have to be consistent in our walk or we won’t be effective.  God help us!

chronological day 159 :)

Today we are finishing up Ecclesiastes and pressing forward.  Please read Ecclesiastes 11:7-10, Ecclesiastes 12, 1 Kings 12:1-20, 2 Chronicles 10, 1 Kings 12:21-24, 2 Chronicles 11:1-4, 1 Kings 12:25-33, and 2 Chronicles 11:5-17.

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Solomon ends on an important and valuable piece of advice:

“The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you.

And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil” (Eccl. 12:13-14 MSG)

Now on to Rehoboam…. Even from the very beginning, you can easily see that there are rough days ahead for Israel.  Though David had united the two kingdoms, they split again here – and Israel remains divided even to the present time.

chronological day 158 :)

Today we are reading Ecclesiastes 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11:1-6.  Leave a comment and share an insight if you like!  I’d love to hear from you!  After you finish today’s reading, come on back –

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We have to take our nuggets of wisdom where we can! How about these:

“A good reputation is better than a fat bank account.
Your death date tells more than your birth date” (7:1 MSG)

“On a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted” (7:14 MSG)

Solomon is discouraged, but he still demonstrates wisdom about faithfulness and hard work.