3 Minute Read + Scripture readings
TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
2 Chronicles 30:1–31:21
BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:
2 Chronicles 31:21 (CSB): “He was diligent in every deed that he began in the service of God’s temple, in the instruction and the commands, in order to seek his God, and he prospered.“
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
We love verses like our Verse for Today, don’t we? It tells us that if we do a certain thing, then there is a reward of some kind to be enjoyed. In this particular case, it tells us that King Hezekiah “was diligent in every deed … in order to seek his God … and he prospered.”
However, this is a general rule. While it applies much of the time (maybe most of the time), it does not apply all of the time.
After all, Job was a man, according to God’s assessment, that was blameless and was more impressive than anyone else on the earth at the time. Yet, tragedy was soon to strike.
Job 1:8 (CSB): Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.”
Also, William Carey was a pioneer missionary on fire for the Lord. Yet it took him seven long, laborious years before he saw his first convert in India.
So, the general rule is that God will bless us and prosper us when we wholeheartedly serve Him and seek Him. Yet, it’s not a guarantee that things will go well (or easy) for us. It may be that God wants to test us and grow us. In order to do that, He will send trials our way. But, even those are intended for our good.
With that being the case, why not decide to join in on the adventure beginning right now. Determine in your heart, right now, to seek God wholeheartedly.
That means that you are passionately pursuing holiness (complying with the commands of Scripture to become more like Jesus, repenting of any shortcomings) and submitting to His authority over your life. See what God does!
And don’t give up or lose heart if bad things happen. It may be that, like Job, God is simply wanting to show off the incredible character and serious resolve of His followers.