24 June: Reward for Moral Courage
It’s difficult to stand against moral disintegration – especially when it’s all around us and generally accepted. But today’s chapter shows why I continue to bother…
READ 2 Kings 19 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In a season of political and moral confusion where tolerance, acceptance, inclusion and “group think” override clear moral leadership, it’s difficult to pin-point the real issues worth discussing, weighing up, and (where necessary) courageously standing against.
Speaking with fellow Believers on current political decisions, I’m surprised to see that their primary concerns aren’t radically different from that of the general population. Instead of standing out counter-culturally as spiritually-orientated people with an eternal perspective[a], God’s people seem to be caught up with how the latest political decision will affect their material foundation; the stability of where they live and what they do; and their financial future. Very few seem to be processing what’s going on around them, as part of a global drama with a Producer and Director who’s an All-powerful and All-knowing Playwright. And HISstory, has an immanent conclusion that’s out of this world!
Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it and from ancient times I planned it. Now I’ve brought it to pass – that fortified cities would be turned into ruinous heaps. [v25]
Unlike many modern Believers, King Hezekiah of Israel in today’s chapter, brought his political fears to the Creator God. [v14-19] Although he’s clearly distressed over what’s possibly around the corner [v1], Hezekiah is at least processing his physical world from a spiritual perspective. [v4] He knows what’s really at stake [v22] and who’s at work on his behalf.[b] Incredibly, as soon as Hezekiah prayed, the Creator God heard, saw, and immediately answered. [v20]
Father God isn’t reluctant to bless or protect me. In the same way that Hezekiah had been looking into a gaping pit of utter destruction one minute, but by morning his insurmountable problem was gone [v35-36], I too can be eligible for a secure future. But to show moral courage and leadership over what my Maker stands for today, I need to be transformed by the renewal of my mind…
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Finding it hard to speak directly with the One in Charge of everything? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I raise my voice and I shout for joy! From the west, I acclaim the Lord’s majesty. [Isaiah 24:14]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Victims of injustice in India[d]
Your Country: Your Police Forces
Yourself: Strength for Obedience
Your concerns for today
I thank You, Father God, because You supply seed to the sower and bread for food. Therefore, You’ll also supply and increase my store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of my righteousness. [2 Corinthians 9:10]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
When our land has been stripped clean of anything originating from You, Lord, I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Your people survive? We feel so small.” [Amos 7:2]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
On my bed I remember You, Lord. I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You’re my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings! I cling to You. Your right hand upholds me. [Psalm 63:6-8]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[e] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” [Romans 12:9-10]
[a] James 4:13-15
[b] 2 Chronicles 16:9
[c] Matthew 6:5-15
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31