Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 11 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 22-25
Food for Thought: II Chron. 24:15-27
Here’s a question for all those who insist on following other gods or simply living life without Jesus as Lord? How’s that workin’ for ya? And how did it work out for all those who lived before you? It never ceases to amaze me that people continue in the same generational curses, the same lifestyles, and get the same results or worse as those who have gone before them, yet refuse to accept the Truth that would lead to true life.
The Lord is always faithful to send godly people to show them a better way, yet they reject them, resent them, and even often attempt to destroy the ones who bear the Good News of a better way. They are so blind (II Cor. 4:3, 4) that they cannot see that they are in the hands of the adversary whose only purpose is to destroy the Lord’s most treasured “possession”: mankind whom He’d created in His own image.
All throughout the history of Israel and Judah, it can be seen that the leaders who followed after the Lord lived well and brought peace to the land, and those who did not, died a violent death and brought great suffering and bondage to their people. And so it is today. Those who insist on living for themselves or for the world or for other gods actually unwittingly live lives in bondage to the enemy and eventually show nothing but pain and darkness, though some under the guise of “happiness” which, when observed closely, is only superficial. Though their suffering is often masked, sadly, the destruction sooner or later is revealed. (Oddly enough, there are even those who profess to be Christians yet still attempt to live without Christ as the Head who experience this.)
Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Mat. 11:28, 29).” And in John 10:10, He said, “The thief comes but to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” That old way of living produces nothing good, so why not exchange it for God’s way? In Him there is deliverance and true life.
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.):