Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18 - 2 Chronicles 34

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Chronicles 34. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Josiah becomes king, at a young age, and has a heart that is passionate for God. As such, he seeks to lead the people of his country to know and love and worship God.
  • The "book of the Law of the Lord" (verses 14-15) was probably the book of Deuteronomy, which is the fifth book of the Bible.
  • The Bible had been lost, but now that it's found it is read. When it's read it is taken seriously, leading Josiah, and then all the people, to repent of their sin and to seek God and His will for their lives.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Josiah became king at the incredibly young age of 8. We see that at least by the (still very young) age of 16, Josiah understands and takes his responsibilities seriously. It's easy to underestimate kids - what they can understand, what they can do - or to just view them as "future adults" and so wait to give them any real instruction or responsibility. God does not view children that way. We need to value kids and make helping them to know and live for God a priority.
  • When Josiah discovers that he and his people have (unknowingly) been sinning against God he is aghast, has sorrow, and repents, vowing to live for God and His will. When we read the Bible we should be seeking to understand what God wants for us. When we discover that we have not been living according to God's will, we should be heartbroken and change our lives so we can please Him. The Bible says, in 2 Corinthians 7:10, "the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation."
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you value children like God does? What evidence is there of that in your life? Where are you investing in the life of kids?
    • If you're not, one great place to do that is by volunteering in Verve's Children's Ministry!
  • When you read the Bible, are you looking for how your life isn't matching up with God's will? When you see a way your life isn't reflecting God's will, does your heart break and do you repent of that sin?
    • Ask God to give you a soft and seeking heart whenever you read the Bible.