THE WRONG PATH
Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 9
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Key Verse: 2 Kings 9:6
Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel…'”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, thank You for setting such an example for me. You demonstrated that as a human being, not using Your divine nature to help Yourself, I too can “do the things that please Him.” I ask that I will be given daily grace to remain always faithful to You. Because of Your indwelling presence, I live with confidence in Your keeping power. May the smile of Your approval be upon me. In Your Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
From my earliest memories hearing or reading children’s Bible stories, I saw Jehu as a hero. Those stories would gloss over the worst parts. Jehu driving his chariot “furiously” was an exciting mental picture for me. I could imagine myself driving a chariot like that. Then there was the death of Jezebel and the dogs consuming the remains of this exceedingly wicked woman. I may have been older when I remember thinking that this was justice because of her crimes against humanity. Around this time I also remember seeing the body of the Italian dictator, Mussolini, near the close of World War II, hanging from a balcony in a central city square. It was justice, people said. I understood from Scripture that all of us “reap what we have sown.” A New Testament reading I’ve just looked up is Galatians 6:7-10. Those verses speak to me of reaping good things also. This “good” reaping will continue into eternity in Heaven as I stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, where believers are judged according to their works and eternal rewards are given or withheld (see 2 Corinthians 5:6-10).
Yours for laying up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21),
P.S. Tomorrow, God willing, my blog will originate from Israel where Norma-Jean and I, along with our son Ron and daughter-in-love, Ann, are participating in a great gathering called “Empowered 21.” Check it out (here) and watch the live streaming of events beginning this coming Wednesday, May 20th (The times are listed in local Israel time, so you will need to adjust the times for your time zone).