Gems 2015 — April 18 Scripture Selection: II Kings 7-9

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 18 Scripture Selection: II Kings 7-9

Food for Thought: II Kings 7:1-16

Don’t just sit there in misery! Take a chance and step out in faith! You have nothing to lose and much to gain.

That’s what the lepers of today’s scripture selection did, and it really paid off, not only for themselves, but also for all their people. The worst thing that some people do is allow themselves to sit, day after day in the “same old same old,” and slowly die. They pity themselves, but make no strides to really live. They just exist.

But God has great things planned for anyone who will leave the “comfort” of the familiar, muster up their courage, and enter into the unknown in search of something better. Almost anything is better than just sitting there. The key is to have hope for the future and believe God’s Word for your personal life—regardless of the current circumstances. In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord says that He has great thoughts and plans for you to “give you a future and a hope.” Further, in Philippians 1:6 you have the promise that He who has begun a good work in you is faithful to complete it. When you submit your life to Christ (not just your salvation for when your soul leaves your body), He will do far beyond that which you could ever ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

The Word says, “The just shall live by faith (Rom. :17).” God won’t force anyone to leave their condition. But if you walk in hope and faith, He will never disappoint. Yes, it is risky, but it really is worth it.

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.):

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