Gems 2015 — May 15 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 35-36

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 15 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 35-36

Food for Thought: II Chron. 35:18-24

So tragic! King Josiah did so much good for Israel and Judah in turning their hearts to the Lord, and the future looked very bright after a period of hopelessness. They had just celebrated the Passover like never before, and there was an air of spiritual revival in the land. Everything was going so well, until King Josiah made one fatal mistake: he neglected to consult the Lord regarding whether to go to war against Necho king of Egypt. He must have assumed that, after such a spiritual awakening in the land, God would naturally favor anything they would do. But spiritual victories and “high’s” do not assure future protection and victories.

Sometimes God protects us by steering us away from danger. That is why He has given us His Spirit. He desires that we consult Him and be led by His Spirit. If we don’t ask, He may not tell us. And sometimes He does tells us, but we do not hear Him or we disregard His leading. This is one of the reasons why bad things happen to good people. They find themselves in places where the Lord has not led them to be. They neglect to ask the Lord first if they should be in a certain place or proceed in a certain manner. Basically, they are functioning with their own strength and wisdom instead of the Lord’s, and that almost never works out well.

The Lord desires to be our Guide and promises in Psalm 25:9, 10 to lead us in the right path: “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.” Of God as his Guide, Asaph writes in Psalm 74:23-25, “Nevertheless I am continually with You; you hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” As New Testament believers, our Guide dwells within us and is available at all times (Rom. 8:9; II Tim. 1:14). Therefore, we are instructed to “Walk in the Spirit, and you (we) shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal. 5:16),” and in so doing, avoid many pitfalls and harmful consequences along the way.

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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