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“May you and I devote our heart to the Lord.” <>< Dona (06/10/20)

Please read II Chronicles 17 through 19.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Chronicles 17 Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, walked in the ways his ancestor David had.  He sought God and followed His commands rather than the practices of Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jehoshaphat’s heart was devoted to Your ways.

Something to think about

Jehoshaphat realized that knowing God’s commands was the first step to getting people to live as they should, so he initiated a religious education program for his nation.  And through his program he was able to encourage the Israelites to put God first in their lives.

Something to experience

Churches and Christian schools today need solid Christian education programs too.  Exposure to good Bible teaching is essential for living as God intended us to live.

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In II Chronicles 18 Jehoshaphat, king of Judah was asked by Ahab, the king of Israel to join forces with him in battle (verses 2, 3).  Before joining in, Jehoshaphat sought God’s advice. But then Jehoshaphat ignored what he was told.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jehoshaphat asked for Your advice but then didn’t follow it.

Something to think about

It does no good to seek God’s help and then refuse it.

Something to experience

Real love for God is shown not by merely asking for directions, but by following the directions once they are given.   

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In II Chronicles 19 Jehoshaphat appointed judges in Judah. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jehoshaphat told those he had appointed judges that they were to consider carefully their verdicts.

Something to think about

He told them they were not judging for men but for the Lord, who was with them whenever they gave a verdict.

Something to experience

We too are to trust God’s judgment.  For with the Lord, our God there is no injustice, partiality or bribery.

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Prayer

Lord I pray we will walk in Your ways.  I pray we will seek You and follow Your commands (II Chronicles 17:3-4 NIV).  I pray our heart will be devoted to Your ways (II Chronicle 17:6 NIV). Lord I pray we will seek first Your counsel and then obey it (II Chronicles 18:4 NIV).  Lord I pray we will speak to others only what You have spoken to us (II Chronicles 18:13 NIV). Lord I pray we will carefully consider what we do.  I pray we will not pass judgment but will leave that up to You (II Chronicles 19:6-7 NIV). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I leave judgment up to the Lord.” <>< Dona