Spiritual Rants: July 24 “God’s Still On His Throne” Readings to read through the Bible in a year: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22 Romans 8:26-39 Psalm 18:37-50 Proverbs 19:27-29

Old Testament:  2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22

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2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22   A Bad Mother

Here are the parallels in Kings to our section for today:

1 Kings 14:21-31                                                   2 Chron. 12:1-16

1 Kings 15:1-6                                                      2 Chron. 13:1-2

 

I’ve written on Rehoboam already here:  A Fool Who Couldn’t Fool Anybody

We saw that Rehoboam opened the door for trouble by not taking his elders’ advice.  It enabled Jeroboam to step in who was a bad king.  The sins of the fathers are passed down several generations (Exod. 34:7).  David had allowed his enemies, the Ammonites, into his life.  In fact, he let one in particular into his life which resulted in Rehoboam.  Rehoboam was the result of the union of David with an Ammonite wife, ” Naaman the Ammonitess” (2 Chron. 12:13).

As we have seen Jeroboam was the prototype for all the bad kings of the northern kingdom.  Abijah succeeded Rehoboam in the south and won the war with Jeroboam (13:18-19).

All in all, there were nineteen kings of the northern kingdom, Israel.  All were bad.  Judah, the southern kingdom, had twenty kings.  Ten were good, and five were very good.  Tomorrow, we shall see one of the very good kings who brings revival to Judah.

New Testament:  Romans 8:26-39

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Romans 8:26-39  It’s All Good

Chapter 8 is the Holy Spirit chapter.  Paul spends an entire chapter on the Holy Spirit mainly because life in the Spirit is the solution to our sin problem and enables us to live up to the “keys” (Know-Expect-Yield, see The Day Of The Living Dead).

Paul tells us the Spirit prays for us.  Jesus prays for us, too (Heb. 7:25).

Verse 28 is oft quoted (I always wanted to use that word, “oft”).  Someone gave me good advice once.  Don’t share that verse with someone who is in deep pain.  Save it for another time.  It will still be true later on.  This verse doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us is good.  It means that everything that happens to us to works for the best in God’s plan.  There may be a tragedy in our lives but God will use it for our good and His, too!

Those who have trusted Christ are known by God (cf. Gal. 4:9) are chosen (“predestined,” “called,” v. 30) to be like Jesus.  He “justifies” them which means that they are seen as righteous in God’s eyes.  They will later be “glorified” when they receive their new bodies in Heaven and won’t be able to sin any more.  All of this is a “done deal” and can’t be changed.

Since God has “locked us in” for salvation and is “for us” (v. 31, cf. Ps. 56:9).  Here is another a fortiori argument from greater proposition to lesser but with the “greater force.”  If God did not spare His Own Son for us, and He didn’t, won’t He also freely give us everything else we need to live the Christian life?  In other words, the greatest gift that God could give us is His Son.  He gave us that.  With the greater force of logic, wouldn’t He also give us any lesser things?  Yes, He would.  All the lesser things are everything we need to please Him in this life.

Paul then supposes the situation where someone could accuse us of some sin (v. 33a).  He asks, “Who could bring against a person who is locked in to God’s salvation?”  He answers that a believer is already sinless in God’s eyes because of Christ or “justified” (v. 33b).  Who could condemn a believer?  Jesus is praying for us (v. 34) so could anyone or anything separate from God’s love?  He lists some possible culprits:  tribulation, distress, persecution, famine , nakedness, peril, or sword.  It is a rhetorical question.  None of these could separate a believer from God.

Paul quotes Ps. 44:22 to show that even though nothing can separate from God, there is force working against us to try to separate us.  Forces of evil consider us as sheep to be slaughtered.  Certainly, Paul was at risk as we could see throughout the book of Acts.  Without faith and a knowledge of Scripture Satan would be able to separate us temporarily.  But ultimately not even death, life, angels, principalities, things present, things to come, powers, height, depth, or any other created thing “will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 38-39).

 


Psalm 18:37-50    Rock On, Part 3    A Psalm Of Praise By David


 

Proverbs 19:27-29   A Wascally Wabbit

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Solomon keeps repeating himself.  He keeps saying that a young person should be disciplined.  Older people already know that.  Youths usually don’t realize that discipline is important.  Girls just want to want fun.

But if kids aren’t disciplined, they won’t be very smart (v. 27).  Younger people will grow up to be mockers (v. 28, cf. Prov. 14:9, Mockers, Unicorn With A Brain).  Some are rascally rabbits.  Or, Wascally Wabbits, as the case may be.

Nevertheless, one day there will be a judgment for everyone (v. 29, cf. Heb. 9:27, see A Good Death, A Bloody Good DealThe GWT, Bema, Me Up, Scotty!).

You will get beamed up or beamed down.

 

Choose Life: Scripture: Romans 8:28  NASB    “God’s Still On His Throne”

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”    Romans 8:28

 

I felt like I was called to the ministry while attending Charles Stanley’s church in Atlanta.  Not long after I submitted to God’s call, it seemed like the roof was falling in on us.  Everything was going wrong.  Every plan we had to leave town and go to seminary in Dallas went awry.  Charles Stanley kept up on our situation and when I’d see him in the hall of First Baptist, he’d always ask how things were going and inevitably he’d say, “Remember, God’s still on His throne.”

I wondered why he always said that.  I thought, “Of course, He’s still on His throne.  What’s new?”  What Dr. Stanley was trying to tell  my wife and I was that no matter what circumstances appeared to be, God was still in charge, He was still sovereign.  It took us over a year, after we both lost our jobs and sold both our cars, to be able to put together our trip to Dallas.  But God was in control.

I would have liked to have gotten to Dallas and gotten out as soon as I could but God had other plans.  He was on His Throne.

Someone has likened Romans 8:28 to a tapestry.  If you only view the back, it looks like a mass of tangled threads  If you turn it over and view the front, it could be a beautiful work of art.  Sometimes in life, we only see messy underbelly of God’s plan.  Years later, sometimes, we can look back and see Him at work.

Does your life seem to be a mess?  Trust God that someday you will be to see what He has done.

 

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application: 

If I am about to face some kind of an ominous event like an operation, the first day of a job, a meeting with an important person, or something I am apprehensive about, what I try to do is imagine myself in the future the day after the event.  I think, “I’ll get through this and it won’t be long before I’m looking back at it.”

Some people jokingly like to quote the mythical Bible passage, “This, too, will pass.”  It may be in the book of Hesitations or maybe Second Opinions, but I don’t think that verse actually exists.  It does sum up a lot of what is in the Bible.  Whatever you are currently going through, you will get through.  You can trust verses like, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13) or “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand'” (Isa. 41:10) or “‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go’” (Josh. 19).

Whatever, don’t forget, “God is still on His throne.”

 

The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   It’s All Good

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