Personal Note by Pastor Alan
As we're reading through the Bible this year and currently going through the history of Israel's and Judah's kings, I'm amazed at the phrase "He did evil in the sight of the Lord." Every king of Israel and some of Judah's, this is the first description we see of the king. He did evil meaning he didn't follow God's law, decrees, or statutes. They went their own way, often worshiping other gods that were specifically forbidden, making alliances that God warned them against, and marrying outside of the Hebrew people. In each case God, judged the king and his family for their rebellion. Those that followed God in Judah were usually blessed by Him.
How would your life be described in a book? I got to thinking
about that this week and it caused me to pause and reflect on my life. How am I outwardly rebelling against God and His ways? How about my thought life, is it honoring to God? I must admit that I am far from perfect, but I do know that I am forgiven. Through the grace of God in Christ Jesus, the evil in my life is forgiven. It was judged when Jesus hung on the cross. God sees me through the blood-stained lens of Jesus, and I am righteous. That doesn't mean I can do all the evil I want and won't be punished. No, I will be disciplined and will be out of fellowship with God. But when I confess my sin, He forgives me and restores me! Thank God for that.
Let's try to copy the good kings of Judah and seek to follow God
and His ways all the day of our lives!
Onward and Upward!
Daily Scripture Reading For July 27 - 31
Monday: Micah 1-4, Ps 10, Matthew 24
Tuesday: Micah 5-7, Matthew 25
Wednesday: Isaiah 7-10, Psalm 22, Matthew 26
Thursday: Isaiah 11-13, Psalm 118, Matthew 27
Friday: Isaiah 14-16, Matthew 28
July's Memory Verse
"He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy—through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior."