Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 24 Scripture Selection: I Chronicles 1-3
Food for Thought: I Chron. 1:10, 19, 46; 2:3c, 7, 22
Today’s scripture selection is an overview of the genealogy from Adam to Anani. For the most part, the adventures and the drama of their lives were omitted. However, the Lord chose to single out some of them and add notable information about them, among such were Nimrod, known as “a mighty one”; Hadad who attacked Midian in the field of Moab and reigned in his place, noting even the name of his city (Avith); Peleg who was such named “for in his days the earth was divided”; Er, the one who was killed because he was wicked in the sight of the Lord; Achar, “the troubler of Israel”; and Jair who was known for having twenty-three cities in Gilead. I wonder, if we were included in the list, what could be noted about us? Some people ask, similarly, “What would be the epithet engraved on your tombstone?”
Buddy Greene recorded a song that narrows it down to what is really important. In it, there is a line that says, “When it’s all been said, when it’s all been done, did you go My way, child? Did you know my Son?” When we exit this earth, will the person left behind ordering the tombstone be able to say that about our lives as a permanent testimony? Or will our lives be summed up with a note a some character flaw or some human achievement? The fruit of the Spirit, produced by the Spirit in us through faith in Christ, is much more prominent than any of that.
Further in the Word, we can see examples of people whose lives were very effective testimonies of their faith, namely, Enoch who was known to have pleased God and for that was taken up to Him (Heb. 11:5); Ananias, the “devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews (Acts 22:12); and Demetrius, known for “a good testimony from all” (3 John 1:12). The apostle Paul made a statement in I Corinthians 1:12 that, in addition to specifically mentioning our faith in Christ, could be an excellent summation of our lives: “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you…” That just about says it all.
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.):