Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 2
I was sitting at home a couple weeks ago in a semi-depressed mental state and I posted this on a social media site: “Sometimes you come to that hard reality of who you are and who you are not.”
I wrote that as I was reflecting on some of the things at which I do well and some of the things I do not do so well. I was semi-depressed because I was realizing the things I wish I was better at doing. I was thinking about who I am, who I was made to be, and what the things are that break my heart. Sometimes, it’s good to sit and reflect on the reality of who we are and who we are not, even when it isn’t real fun. In those times of reflection, it’s not only important to know who you are but also WHOSE you are.
While reading through another chapter of genealogy, you can’t help but wonder why the author deemed it important to include all these names in his writings. Honestly, it’s not a very exciting read for us. But, for a nation that was rebuilding having been ransacked by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians, I imagine seeing this list of names was a great reminder of who they are, where they had come from, and WHOSE they are. It had to be encouraging to them.
As we go through our lives, we need those reminders of who we are and where we’ve come from. This is especially true during the difficult times/days when it seems like we forget who we are, where we’ve come from, and WHOSE we are. We need to stop sometimes and just be reminded of what is true about ourselves so we can move forward with confidence and encouragement.
I don’t know what your state of mind is today, or what life is throwing at you, but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to just stop and remember who you are, where you’ve came from, and WHOSE you are. I bet you’ll be able to see the Divine Design of who you are, which helps to give encouragement to keep moving forward.
May we all be moved to worship today as we recognize God’s sovereignty in our lives and the path and lineage that He designed in order to bring us to a place of soul-saving repentance and rescue through Jesus Christ.
Posted by: Rich Duffield