Saturday, November 5, 2016

2 Chronicles 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Chronicles 19. 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?)
  • Jehu's (verse 1) father Hanani gave Jehoshaphat a warning about teaming up with the evil king Asa and going to war with him. Jehoshaphat ignored the warning, and will do the same again in the future.
  • In this chapter we see that, despite making mistakes, Jehoshaphat still has a heart for God and wants others to have faith in and obey God. In a previous chapter (17) we see Jehoshaphat send officials throughout the land to teach people about God. In this chapter we see Jehoshaphat sending out officials to encourage people to return to God, and appointing judges to hear cases and judge in a godly way.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • You may not think of yourself as a leader, but probably all of us have some leadership in different roles or with different people. In this chapter we see Jehoshaphat appoint leaders, and give them solid advice that would be beneficial for all of us to follow in our areas of leadership:
    • Realize you're judging for God (verse 6)
    • Be impartial and honest (verse 7)
    • Be faithful (verse 9)
    • Fear God only, not people (verse 9)
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think about where you lead - maybe at your job, or in your home, or at your kid's school or sports league - where do you see yourself violating some of those principles Jehoshaphat gave? The violations are probably not very significant, but seek to discern even minor violations.
    • When you lead, do you think you're leading for God, or for your boss or self?
    • Do you ever twist the truth or tell "white lies"?
    • Do you find yourself fearing what people will think or how they'll react, and not really considering what God thinks and how He'll react?
  •  Spend some time praying about this, asking God to reveal the truth to you, and confessing and repenting of your sin if you discern any.