NO SHEPHERD (COACH)
Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 18
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Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 18:4 &16 – And Jehoshaphat said to the King of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the Lord today.”
Then he (the prophet of the true God) said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace.'”
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, was a man of God. However, there is no record that he prayed about the decision to join King Ahab of the northern tribes of Israel. Big mistake! Jehoshaphat understood the seriousness of the war that Ahab was about to wage, and he asked whether Ahab had inquired of the Lord. Ahab immediately sought the word of the prophets which had been chosen to serve the golden calf worship. Elijah had destroyed Baal worship. Finally, at Jehoshaphat’s insistence, a prophet of the true God was summoned. His word from God was one of judgment, and for this he was put into prison.
Can we learn from Jehoshaphat’s poor decisions? He rejected God’s counsel and went along with the bad advice of ungodly people. The result was a disaster. King David had written in Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.” Jehoshaphat failed to pay attention to the very first sentence of the Psalms of his great-great-great-grandfather, King David. Surely Jehoshaphat knew this verse of his Bible.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, as a result of reading Your Word, I want what You want. Now and always, grant me, I pray, the grace of moving Your Word from my head to my heart and then to my will power, in obedience to You! In the name of the One who always did Your will, Father, Your Son and my Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Love sports? Norma-Jean and I are fans! Our grandson-in-law, David Lee, husband of our granddaughter, Elizabeth (her Dad, Reynold does the photography for my blog), played for the Toronto Argonauts football team in 2012 when they won the 100th Grey Cup! I sometimes think that our competition between cities and countries in sports takes the place of the constant wars of ancient times between city states and neighbouring countries. In fact, in the Canada/Soviet Union hockey series of 1972, Canadian Phil Esposito of Sault Ste. Marie declared, “This is war!” Canada won! We’ve produced a documentary featuring Paul Henderson, who scored the Goal of the Century (click here to view part one of my interview with Paul about the documentary and here for part two). Like the coach, God will sometimes order a particular strategy or play. All decisions are based on the playbook. So it is with our book of instructions, the Bible. David Lee, our grandson-in-law, was constantly reading and memorizing his playbook. At one game Norma-Jean and I attended, we noticed that after a great play, the coach patted David on the helmet, probably saying, “Good job!” Someday, I hope my Coach, the Lord Jesus, will say to me, “Well done, David!” After the game, a large number of the players on both teams gathered in the middle of the field to pray (see photo below). I’ve never seen so many players kneel together before God at one time. I’m encouraged!
Yours for following the instructions from our heavenly Coach,
I too have often wondered what all the fighting was about in the old days. Sports games certainly are way better for neighbors/countries and the aftermath isn’t as messy. Love the pics. of all you dear people. Thanks very much Ron for continuing this study of God’s Word and please accept my heartfelt sadness at hearing of Ann’s illness. Hope springs eternal though. God bless you all.
Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,
You are the one I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. I ask You to be with Your servant in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that You send out Your Word and heal. So then, please send Your healing Word to Your servant. In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from Ann’s body.
Dear Lord, I ask You to turn this weakness into strength, this suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May Your servant trust in Your goodness and hope in Your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let Ann be filled with patience and joy in Your presence as she waits for Your healing touch.
Please restore Your servant to full health, dear Father. Remove all fear and doubt from her heart by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and may You, Lord, be glorified through her life.
As You heal and renew Ann, Lord, may she bless and praise You.
All of this, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I also am in agreement with your prayer for Anne. Amen.
Agreeing in prayer with Lynda for healing and wellbeing for Ann! ????????
AMEN AMEN AMEN LYNDA! HEAR OUR PRAYERS DEAR LORD GOD; FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US………….
In agreement with you Lynda. My group is also praying for Ann.
Beautiful prayer Lynda!
May Ann be encouraged in knowing that so many caring people are praying for her. May God turn her situation into a glorious victory!
I tried 3 times to comment,unsuccessfully so this is a test.God bless
I tried another 2 times.What words could trigger a block?Yall have a great Sabbath.
Yes, a beautiful prayer for Ann Lynda and am in agreement with your prayer. May she experience healing and victory in her life, in Jesus Name, Amen!