Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 15 Scripture Selection: I Kings 22-25
Food for Thought: I Kings 23:31-34
The truth in life is that you will either serve the Lord with your life or be in bondage to the enemy, one or the other. There is no “happy medium,” as some would like to believe. The good news is that we have a choice. Neither life is forced on us.
King Josiah had demolished everything that had to do with evil worship of false gods, but his son Jehoahaz did not follow in his footsteps. You can remove all the images, paraphernalia, and the like, but you cannot remove the evil inclinations from the hearts of others. So as soon as his father was dead, Jehoahaz went right back to the ways of the old days, and not only was he in bondage to the demons of idol worship, but also became literally bound and cast into prison by Pharaoh Necho where he spent the rest of his life.
The Lord sent His Son Jesus to us so that we could avoid such a life in bondage. John 3:16-21 explains this and the condition of so many who find themselves in darkness and that of those in the Light: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Darkness or light. Freedom or bondage. It is our choice. Just like Joshua put to his people in
Joshua 24:14, 15: “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Choose.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):