Day Twenty-Two: 2nd Chronicles

Tonight as I read 2nd Chronicles it felt a lot like a history book for the kingdom of Judah. This king ruled for this many years and did evil/good in the sight of the Lord. Pretty straight forward right?

So I tried to look a little deeper- after all this is right before the people are carried off into exile. There has to be something more than just a historical record there.

Then something in chapter 25 caught my eye. Verse 2 says:

“Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.”

As I skimmed the previous chapters most of the King’s of Judah (or the people during their reign) had something similar said of them. Either they did evil, or they pleased the Lord, but did not serve Him wholeheartedly. There were very few who served the Lord without any reserve- and the nation paid for it!

Are we serving God wholeheartedly? Or are we doing the bare minimum that our faith requires?

Come back tomorrow as I read Zephaniah!

In Christ,

Karen

Day Nineteen: Ruth

Today I am making use of the rule that this challenge has to be flexible. I had intended on reading Ezekiel today, but a migraine schedule changes and an overall topsy turvy day lead me to the book of Ruth instead.

Like some of the other books I’ve read, this one is an old favorite. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read Ruth over the years. As I looked at it again today I’m reminded of God’s abundant blessings.

Naomi left Israel with her family and returned with only her daughter-in-law. She even tells her friends and family who welcome her home to change her name to Mara because her life is bitter- by the Lord’s hand. She says that she “…went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty.” (Ruth 1:19b)

But starting almost immediately after that you start to see God’s abundant provision. He bring Ruth to Boaz’s field where he blesses her gathering and provides extra portions for her. And she stays through the entire barley harvest and the wheat harvest! After that, Boaz redeems Ruth and they have a son to continue the line of Naomi’s husband- something she told Ruth would be impossible (Ruth 1:12-13).

But even more so, the very end of the book leads us to God’s ultimate provision. Because it tells us that Ruth’s son was Obed, the father of Jesse. Who was the father of David- and through David we are most abundantly blessed with Jesus!

Tomorrow I’ll be heading back to Ezekiel. See you then!

In Christ,

Karen

Day Fourteen: Exodus

Today is the first day that I wanted to give up. It really had nothing to do with the content, and everything to do with me. I am tired and the last thing I wanted to do today was read- a pretty rare occurrence for me. I think reading Genesis and Exodus back to back was a bit much- both are longer books- but I really wanted to see the flow from one book to the next.

It really felt like I was reading the next book in a series- Exodus picked up right where Genesis left off without missing a beat.

If you read yesterday’s blog you know that I had a specific goal in mind- I wanted to see why the people of Israel became so faithless after generations of men with rock solid faith that God would fulfill his promises. What happened to shake that foundation?

As I read, I think I see a large part of the problem. In Genesis Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all men without a place. They wander with their flocks and they literally have to trust God with their daily provision. If they can’t find water or the wells have dried up they must wait for God to provide- and they know he will. It isn’t even a question.

When they move to Egypt at the end of Genesis I think that changed them. The generations that grew up in Egypt grew up in comfort. They had homes provided, food at their fingertips and until slavery happened, a livelihood.

When God rescues them from that slavery they are grateful- until things get uncomfortable. The second they start to get out of their comfort zone, they begin to complain that life was better in Egypt! Israel was ok with living in Egypt and passing on the land that God had set aside for them for generations.

We look at them and scoff thinking, “I can’t believe they did that after seeing everything God did! I would never do that.”

Except we do.

How often do we settle for good things that are easy, instead of God’s best? Corporately as a church and individually? I know I have been guilty of it.

Look around at the church in America- I firmly believe that most are settling for what they can get in today’s culture. But what if we really asked God what he wanted us to do- no holds barred? Anything He commanded we would do. Because that is the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Tomorrow I will be moving back into the New Testament and checking out Titus. See you then!

In Christ,

Karen