Day 178 – June 27

Today’s Readings:

2 Chronicles 5-6
Acts 8:26-40
Job 22

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them; 27 then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel…” – 2 Chronicles 6:26-27

Notation: in the audio, King David is mentioned as the one praying for the people; it is in fact his son, King Solomon, in the dedication of the temple.

May God bless you.

Day 142 – May 22

Today’s Readings:

1 Kings 7-8
John 7:28-53
Psalm 136

“Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” John 7:41-42

We see the completion of the Temple built by King Solomon. He prays that God will keep a descendent on the throne of his father, David. The Gospel points us to the question, of Jesus’ origins. He was born in Bethlehem during the census ordered by King Herod, because Joseph was of the family of David.

Solomon’s prays, asking God to always keep a descendent on his father’s throne, “…that which You have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk before Me as you have walked.’ (1 Kings 7:25)

As we read through the books of the Kings, we will encounter the kings who were not faithful to God, and ultimately the destruction of the kingdom. Jesus is a sign that God not only fulfills his promises, but is faithful even when we are not. This is a message of hope for us; to not give up hope that God will extend his hand of mercy even to us.

May God bless you.

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Day 111 – April 21

Today’s Readings:

Ruth 3-4
Luke 16
Psalm 111

Naomi took the boy, cradled him against her breast, and cared for him. The neighbor women joined the celebration: “A son has been born to Naomi!” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. Ruth 4:16-17

This short book of Ruth, sandwiched between the Book of Judges and the historical books of First and Second Samuel, sets the stage for what is to come, the beginning of Israel’s kings. We got a teaser of that in the conclusion of Chapter 4, knowing that Boaz would be the grandfather of the future king, David.

The book of Ruth is a good example of how we see God guiding us in everyday events. There is no dramatic intervention of God, like we have seen in the Book of Judges and in Exodus, where God manifested himself in a concrete way. The Book of Ruth tells of our reality, God being present in the ordinary events of everyday life. God is manifested in more subtle ways, through the characters’ actions, their love for one another, and it is here that His love is revealed in the story.

God is constantly revealing His glory in our every day events; but often we are not attuned to see it, but just assume it is part of the fabric of life. Imagine how different our lives can be, if we see all unfolding under the gaze of God and His hand?

Today, let us walk with the Lord in the ordinariness of our day, and come to the end of it, look back, and see God’s footprints right next to ours.

May God bless you.

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