2 Chronicles 34:19 Responding To God’s Word

Desert road

When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Chronicles 34:19 

Going through a bookstore, there are many shelves of books on self-help. Books telling people how to do nearly anything that they could want to learn how to do. Along with the bookstores, there is a website or video online that tells a person how to do just about everything.

People are often eager to know how to do something. However, many people do not always follow through on doing what they had learned about. They read it then ignore it. There are also many people who will not even read the book or article. They really don’t want to know about it.

After becoming king, King Josiah had the people begin to restore the temple of God. He led the people back to serving and worshipping God alone. In the process of the restoration, they found the book of the Law, God’s word. He had the book read to him. Once he heard the words, he tore his robe. Josiah had realized how far they had strayed away from God and was in remorse for what they had done against God. He chose to do something about it.

It is easy for most people to hear God’s word, however, for many that is all it is. Just God’s word, just a bunch of words. They think the words are good, but don’t act upon it.

The bible is very clear on how a person should live and what his mission is here on the earth. Many do not take the time to read or study God’s word. Then when they do, it is just some good words and nothing more. They leave reading the bible and don’t change.

As you believe in God, you must believe that His word is alive and active. It has extreme value for your life. It is God’s blueprint on how He wants you to think, act and speak while on this earth.

Every time that you read God’s word, it can teach you something new. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you as you read His word. When you learn something new, then act upon it. Make the necessary changes.

Realize what you did not know or do before and learn from God. Do not let the bible be just a bunch of good stories, but a life changing word from God. God gave His word to build you up, not tear you down. Now live for God.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will act upon God’s word; that you will not fear God’s word; and that your life will be a testimony for Jesus. 

Advertisements

2 Chronicles 33:15 People Can Be Changed

Dirt and grass

He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the LORD, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. 2 Chronicles 33:15 

Watching some people and how they act, sometimes there does not seem to be any hope. They are heading down the wrong path in life and it appears as if they will never change. All hope seems to be lost.

There are many teen-agers who have chosen some bad paths while in high school. They are looking as though they will never do anything good in life and will end up in prison some day. However, later things can happen to turn their life around and they become very productive citizens in society. They look like a totally different person.

Manasseh had become king of Judah and had chosen to follow and promote false gods. He had many high places to these false gods built and led the nation against God. However, God had gotten a hold of his attention and he changed. Everything that he had built up to false idols, he destroyed. Instead of promoting false gods, he promoted God. He was a changed man.

There are many people in this world that appear to be so bad that many believers will not have any hope of them changing. Very few will strive to be a witness to the person because they do not see any hope of salvation. They are ignored and left in their life of sin against God.

Yet, God is a great God of love and mercy. He wants everyone to be saved. Even the coldest of hearts can be touched by God’s great love and mercy. Every believer has this story to tell as to how God touched their hearts and changed them.

Two things can be learned from Manasseh’s story. One is that every person can be changed by a touch from God. Don’t give up on anyone because they are living in sin. Be a witness to them of who Jesus is and what He can do.

The other thing is that you can also be changed by a touch of God. You may have stepped into some sin, turning away from God. God will accept you back and change you. He can make you a new creation.

Allow God to change you and be sold out to serving and loving God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; that you will have hope in God for all people; and that you will remove all false gods out of your life. 

Ruth 1:22 A Sign Of Hope

Barley field

So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. Ruth 1:22 

Going through difficult times can often make a person feel as though God is against him and forgotten him. Some people have gone through one trouble after another for years and wonder why God is against them.

As people go through difficult times, some will give up and try to do something different to make a change in the circumstances. They will change jobs, move, seek help, and many other attempts, all while crying out to God for help.

Naomi had been going through some difficult times. Her husband had died, leaving her with her two sons and their wives. Later her sons then died, leaving her with just her daughters-in-law. On top of the troubles of being a widow with two daughters, there was a famine in the land. Food was scarce and she could not work.

Feeling as though God cursed her, she changes her name to Mara, meaning bitter, and then chooses to move back to Bethlehem. Her daughter-in-law Ruth chooses to continue to go with her to a foreign country and people.

As they arrive in Bethlehem it was the beginning of the time for harvesting the barley. This is a sign of things about to change. Although it didn’t look like much, God was providing food, despite the famine.

From this point forward the lives of Ruth and Naomi changed drastically.

It is little signs like this that can show a believer that God is still there and with him. It shows that God will provide in the time of need, at the right time and place.

Although, today, most people are not in farming communities, God still does provide in new ways. Sometimes these ways are simple and small, but it is still provision, a sudden small lump of cash, a new open door, an extra gift of food, or more.

You may be going through a tough time and feel as though God has left you. You want to change your name to bitter or broken. Keep moving forward trusting God. Look for that sign that God is still there with you, no matter how little or big that sign may be.

The barley was not much, but it was provision and a sign God had not left them.

God has not left you either and will provide for your needs.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will see God’s provision in your life; and that you will know God is not against you. 

Joshua 2:8-9 The World Will Be Afraid

Afraid

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.” Joshua 2:8-9

Joshua had sent some men into Jericho to spy out the city in order to take it over. They stayed with Rahab, a prostitute, who protects them. She tells them that everyone in the city has heard of the Israelites and that God is with them. Everyone was living in fear of the Israelites.

The people had reason to fear the Israelites. Word had been brought to them of the various battles that they had been in and won. Defeating Egypt and several other large nations and kings, they were a force to be reckoned with and feared.

In today’s society, Christians are also feared as the Israelites were. The world does not always understand or give the same reason, but they fear believers. It is very common for believers to be accused of hate crimes, because they are taking a stand against sinful acts that the world wants everyone to accept.

Judgments are brought against individual believers or churches, because they refuse to accept or participate in a sinful act.

These actions by the world, though seen as persecution (and it is), is also done out of fear. They fear that Christians will cause them to change their ways and beliefs, that they will no longer be able to live as they want to live. It is a threat against their lifestyle.

The world feared Jesus also, even though He never did anything harmful. Jesus just lived for God and did what God told Him to do.

When you are fully living for God, the world will begin to fear you. As they fear you, there will be some who fight back and bring on persecution. Others will try to bring judgments against you.

Do not be afraid of the world, but stand strong and true to God’s word. God is with you and will not leave you. God, who is in you, is stronger than the world. The world does have a reason to fear, God will change their lifestyle.

Be willing to be a witness of Jesus to this world. Be willing to change this world for God.

Does the world fear you? Or are you on their side?

I pray today that you will live your life for God; that you will be a witness to this world; that the world will see Jesus in you; and that God will remove fear of this world from you.

Genesis 13:18 First Priority

At the altar

So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the LORD. Genesis 13:18

Moving to a new location brings on new challenges when a person arrives. Getting set up and settled in the first challenge most people think about.

Getting set up with a new job is often the first priority, however, there is much more needed in the new location. Getting electricity and heat set up, the mailing address is changed, unpacking the house, setting up things in the house, learning where the different stores are, finding the right church to attend, getting children enrolled in a school, and much more.

Each of these challenges present their own set of difficulties and what level of priority each is. For each person, the level of priority may different for each need.

Abram and his nephew lot were too large to stay in the same area, so they each moved to a new separate location. As Abram was setting up, God told him that all the land would be his one day. When he had set up the tents, his first priority was to set up the altar to God.

The altar was needed because it represented God. It was the connection to God. A place to worship God and a place to repent of sins against God. Where there is an altar, there could be a focus on God, a reminder to allow God to be in control. It was a place to sacrifice self in order to allow God to reign.

Although there are no longer any physical sacrifices being done to God, every believer needs to set up an altar before God. It does not have to be a physical altar, but one in the heart. A place to allow God to sit on the throne of one’s life.

Your first priority in your life should be to put God on the throne of your life. To set up a place to worship God. A place you can repent of sins and keep your focus upon God.

This can be a daily focus. Renew your altar before God each day. God before Him and let Him rule your life.

Having an altar allows you to let God be your first priority in your life. Everything else becomes second. Let God order your life as you put Him first.

I pray today that you will put God first in your life; that you will serve God first; that you will not get distracted with the things of this world; and that you will have an altar in your life to keep you focused on God.