August 1, 2015

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 36

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

Today’s passage is a great example of the principal from Galatians 6:7. God consistently warned Judah to have no other God’s in there lives. Yet, time and time again Judah did what was right in their own eyes and turned from The Lord. They would do what was Evil in the sight of The Lord and God finally had enough. God allowed Judah to feel the full weight of their decision in the form of the nation of Babylon.

The first lesson I think we can take from today’s passage is God is extremely patient. If you read through the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles you see Israel and Judah continually turn to other Gods and do what is evil in the sight of The Lord. There are many years between chapter 1 of 1 Chronicles and today’s chapter. Israel and Judah had every opportunity to repent and turn from their ways and God would have forgiven them. We must understand that we are sinful and God is so gracious but do not be deceived, if we continue in our habitual sin we will taste the bitterness of the consequences. Take the opportunity to repent!

The second lesson we should take is that God’s punishment is loving. God punishes his children as a good father should. God’s perspective is eternal and he will do what it takes to get our attention even if our temporary comfort is taken away. What hurts in the short term brings peace and joy in the long term.

Are there things you have been doing that are evil in the sight of God? If so, confess and repent now and begin to let God restore your life!

Posted by: Chad Wiles

July 31, 2015

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 35

The name “Josiah” has risen in popularity in recent days. It has even hit the baby name lists (#83 last year). But where did this name come from, and why is it a good one? 2 Chronicles 34-35 answer these two questions well. He was a king whose reign began when he was just 8 years old! Even as a wee lad, he chose to “seek the God of David his father”, and he sought to make things — and keep things — right in Israel. Simply put, Josiah was a king who sought to honor God. The last chapter we studied said a mouthful in its closing line concerning his leadership and worship: “All his days they did not turn away from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.”

In today’s reading, we catch a glimpse at one of the best moments of his life. Josiah reinstituted the Passover — and not just the meal — among the people of Israel. He put the ark of the covenant back in the temple. Passover celebration was supposed to be one of the thriving veins of the Jewish calendar and Hebrew culture. It was meant to call Israel’s mind back to God’s sovereign deliverance. They had forgotten. Josiah helped them remember. And when you read this passage, you can’t help but imagine that this was one incredible celebration. All because one man chose to honor God rather than continue down the slippery slopes of man’s plans. Josiah was a king worth emulating.

Unfortunately, he died in battle, but he would not be forgotten. Yes, he’s on our baby name lists. But more than that, we know that the Lord was honored by Josiah, and He will not let him be forgotten.

We ask this question often at Center Point, and today gives us another opportunity: What will your legacy be? What will you be remembered for? I hope when I leave this earth, my legacy is similar to Josiah’s: a man who loved, honored, worshiped, and served the Living God.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

July 30, 2015

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 34

Josiah was just a boy of eight when he became king of Judah. If you’re a guy you probably pretended to be a king at the age of eight; but Josiah actually was king! Not only that, by the time he was sixteen he was seeking God himself and leading the nation back to God unlike many of his predecessors. By the age of twenty six Josiah purified the land and restored the temple of God. During this process a priest named Hilkiah found the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses. What an amazing find! I certainly don’t believe that it was a coincidence that as Josiah sought God and sought to lead the nation back to God that God revealed Himself to Josiah through the finding of the Book of the Law. We will always find God when we seek Him with all our hearts.

So, after finding the Book of the Law a man named Shaphan read the book to Josiah the king. God’s Word spoke to Josiah who “tore his robes” as a sign of his extreme grief for the sins that the nation of Judah had committed against The Lord. This Godly sorrow for the sins of the nation against God led Josiah to action and God heard his prayer:

27 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.

Josiah not only responded to the Word of God himself he read God’s Word to everyone in Judah and called them to respond as well:

29 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the Levites—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 31 The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book. 32 Then he had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledge themselves to it; the people of Jerusalem did this in accordance with the covenant of God, the God of their ancestors.

What a great example of Godly living and leadership by Josiah. The thing that strikes me most about this account and what I believe we can take away from it and apply to our lives is that when God spoke to Josiah through His Word, Josiah put it into action in his life immediately.

For Josiah, finding the Book of the Law was like finding the greatest treasure in the world! Yet, many of us have God’s Word on every shelf in our houses collecting dust like it really doesn’t matter that much to us. Let today be the day that you rediscover the treasure of reading God’s Word like Josiah did. But, don’t let it stop at just reading God’s Word, put it into practice immediately and allow God to tear down the idols in your life just as He did for Josiah and the nation of Judah.

Posted by: Matt Mofield

July 29, 2015

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 33

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that the supposed “largest public satanic ceremony in history” happened in Detroit, Michigan this weekend. People traveled from all over to witness the unveiling of a large nine foot bronze statue of Baphomet with its pentagram and creepy children earnestly looking up to it. It’s easy for not only Christians, but people in general to read about this and ask “What in the world is happening to our country?” yet we read something even darker and scarier in 2 Chronicles 33 today. Manasseh, the next king of Jerusalem after Hezekiah, began his reign at 12 years old and ruled for 55 years. In that reign he did what was evil before the Lord by rebuilding altars to Baal, the false god in place of God’s Holy temple. If that wasn’t enough it says in v. 6 that he burned his own sons as an offering and messed with witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy and other forms of demonology. It got so bad that v. 9 says this evil king led them astray to the point that they did more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.

It’s hard believing that one can come back from such evil, similar to the thoughts I’d have when looking at the pictures of this satanic ceremony in Detroit. Yet there’s hope. Hope that someone can go to such evil extremes and still repent and be saved. This hope and life change happened to Manasseh as he was captured by then cried out to the One True God and God had mercy on Him. And this was not a temporary “I need help, please save me God but I’m going to go right back to my old ways after” decision. Manasseh tore down those false temples and re-erected God’s temples that Hezekiah had originally put up. This was not only noticed by all of Israel and Judah but used by God to be written in the Chronicles of Seers. Do you know someone or a situation that seems too far off from God’s mercy and grace? Maybe it’s a relative, or a friend or even yourself? Let Manasseh be a reminder that Jesus’ cross and resurrection provides repentance and faith out of the deepest and darkest of sins and that life change can follow.

Posted by: Erik Koliser