Today you should read: 2 Kings 3
In our passage today, we see a continued theme throughout the Old Testament: the unfaithfulness of the Israelites. I want to look at a specific verse this morning that shows the subtlety of this.
7 And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, “I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” 8 Then he said, “By which way shall we march?” Jehoram answered, “By the way of the wilderness of Edom.”
9 So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them. 2 Kings 3:7-9 (ESV)
The ESV Study Bible has a keen insight to these 3 verses: “Missing on this occasion, however, is any desire on Jehoshaphat’s part to discover the counsel of the Lord before going off to war; here he moves directly from agreement to tactics, and from tactics to action.” The question this raises for us today is: what in our lives do we do without considering the Lord?
It is clear that we seek the Lord in big decisions: who to marry, where to go to college, etc. But what role does seeking the Lord have in your every day life? Are your days marked by a ceaseless prayer that reflects a heart that wants to honor and glorify God and is desperate to be obedient to Him? Or has self-sufficiency subtlety deceived us into believing that we can do it without God?
Pray now, for God to give you increased awareness of your dependence on Him, and for grace to repent if needed.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice
3 thoughts on “March 24, 2018”
Look at how much God loves us! When we trek out confident we know what we’re doing, we walk into our own created problem. Look at His marvelous grace! If we turn to Him after we’ve screwed things up, He will still overwhelm us with more than what we need. I wander around doing my own thing. But in my folly, God calls to me as the only Way of salvation and help. He pours His love out on me. It just proves again and again that it’s all Him! He is marvelous!
A great reminder! I know I need the reminder for sure. Our utter dependence on God and His guidance. Not because we’re incapable of doing things or making decisions, it’s that we need God’s guidance. He knows and sees more than we are able. He knows what we truly need, how we can truly be an example, and bring glory to God. Daily petition to God for guidance also demonstrates our obedience. Great devotional passage! Thanks!!
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Graham, Thank you so much for your insight! This chapter and commentary are a new favorite for me. So much value and relevance here!