Category: 1 Kings

Day 180

Day 180 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18

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Day 179 1 Kings 20-21

I’m struggling with this concept: descendents of the sinner having to pay for the sins of the sinner.  Why does Ahab live?  Because God knew something we couldn’t perceive as humans, a truly humbled heart… but what of Ahab’s house?

1 Kings 21;29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

A vengeful God or a God who knows his humans?  We are weighed and judged as individuals, and based on our actions we all fall short.  But through sacrifice, redemption and repentant humble heart we are offered our own personal salvation.  Yet our imperfections still stand, when we allow it they can be refined by God’s fire and our path can be straightened but does this guarantee the path’s of our children?  No they are on their own, set to determine their own path.  Our humble heart can be a good example for them but remember so are our sins.  A parent who parent’s with anger will have angry children who do the same.  So is God taking vengeance on Ahab’s sins out on his children or is God recognizing there is a lot more sin for Ahab’s children to follow than his single act of humbleness?

Day 178

Day 178 1 Kings 17-19

“With great power comes great responsibility.”  I wish someone wise and important said this.. but apparently Uncle Ben from Spiderman is accredited as being the first.  I thought about this statement when I read about Elijah.  He was a very powerful and bold prophet.. yet lived a very scary life.  Talk about being dependent on God for your daily bread, let alone keeping you from harm.  Jezebel clearly had it in for prophets of the true God and Elijah was in her cross-hairs… It would have been an easy thing to throw in the towel and just say pick someone else God this is just too much.  But God knew his Prophet and he knew what he was capable of, faith.  May my faith grow a little more today reading about the faith of Elijah… in other words, life could always be worse, so I’m going to be ok!

Day 177… I think

Day 177 1 Kings 15:25-16:34, 2 Chronicles 17

Somewhere along the lines I got my days a little mixed up.. no biggie we’ll see if it works out on Day 365.  Not like anyone really reads these posts. It’s more of a personal accountability blog anyways.. on that note we’re close to the half way point in our readings… i.e. I’m a few days away from having read half the bible.  Needless to say it’s been a rough half of a year.  I went from being a married woman getting ready to move with my family to North Carolina to being a divorced woman, finally diagnoses with celiac, getting ready to start school, figure out how to solo parent, starting my own business and through ONLY the love of my Creator beginning my journey of healing… both phisically and emotionally. What will be more difficult, enduring this past six months or living through the next six?  I’m so ready to say good-bye to this year… but it has been a good year to read the bible.  It’s not an easy read.  I watched other’s along this journey really question what they are reading, it challenged their faith.  I don’t blame them.  For instance readings like today’s when God is killing the entire families of kings who “Did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”  You know God seems to be pretty clear on what to do and what not to do and we seem pretty hell-bent on doing what we’re not supposed to…  especially when it comes to idols and worshiping other gods.  that’s true today jut as much as it was back in the day.  So Ah… David screws up big time and gets to be called the man after God’s own heart and then you got a few kings that throw up an idol or two and a few asherah poles here and there and BAM their entire lineage is struck down.  There is a part of me that can sympathise when folks look at this and think “Ya’ll are nuts!”

     YEP.  I don’t understand it all, especially folks dying for the sins of their father and grandfather.  I don’t like it, but if I’ve learned one thing reading this ancient book it’s no sugar-coated fairy tale.  These are real screwed up folks worshiping my God and real screwed up folks not worshiping my God… And I’m a screwed up woman, living through some tough times worshiping My God.  My God wants my heart, my God, wants no other idols, My God wants me to be repentant, grateful, loving, patient, kind, forgiving.  My God loves me.. and He isn’t going to walk out on me and my children.  So, difficult or not I’m glad I’m reading the Bible this year.  Difficult or not I’m glad I’ve got God to cling to and show me the way in terms of how He wants me to conduct myself during these difficult times. .  .  I Love My God, and I’m loving His Word, warts and all.

Day 175

Day 175 1 Kings 15:1-24, 2 Chronicles 13-16

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Day 173

Day 173 1 Kings 12-14

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Day 171 1 Kings 10-11, 2 Chronicles 9

This puts Ecclesiastes into context!

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Day 167

Day 167 1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 8

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Day 164 1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5

If you are a Christian, then you are a walking temple of God… have you ever experienced something like this:

1 Kings 8:10:  When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD. 11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.

There are few times in my life where I can say I felt  FILLED like what happened in the temple.  It was obviously a unique situation that took place… it wasn’t every day that the place was so cloudy that the priests couldn’t perform their service… I’ve certainly never experienced that at church!  We can worship, feel close, feel humbled, but I think there are those unique moments when we are FILLED to the brim with God’s presence, and it is a life-stopping glorious experience.

      It happened at Young Life camp when I was a volunteer leader.. I remember a moment when we were square dancing and being truly goofy.. getting to see the ear-to-ear grins on all of our student’s faces I had a moment when I thought, “This is like heaven!” and WOOSH I was filled with that sense of just how big God is inside of me. 

    A Few Months ago I was worshiping God on a Sunday morning standing between two older women from my bible study.  My heart was crushed by the weight of the pending divorce, I gave up, I wanted cleansing, mercy, healing… WOOSH I was feeling with the abundance of God’s perfect never-ceasing love for me and was able to worship in a unique “pure” way like I never had before.

   It doesn’t happen often but I feel like we really can be filled with God’s presence like he filled the temple of Solomon.

Day 163 1 Kings 7, 2 Chronicles 4

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