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30 Mar, 2016 No Comments

Seek and Ye Shall Find

“Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chron. 20:3 (NASB)

Jehoshaphat (Je-hosh-a-fat) was the fourth king of Judah after Israel split into two kingdoms following Solomon’s death. He reigned from around 873-848 BC. Jehoshaphat sought the Lord with all his heart (2 Chron. 22:9) and did many good things for his kingdom. He took down the high places of idol worship and sent officials and priests to teach the people the book of the law. Jehoshaphat himself even went throughout Judah to bring back the people to the law of God after he was rebuked by God’s prophet for his ill-advised alliance with evil King Ahab of Israel (2 Chron. 19:1-4).

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Joshua, A Portrait of Faithfulness

“And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 (NASB)

Joshua, the son of Nun, was originally named Hoshea which means “salvation”. He first appears in the Bible as the young commander of the Israelite army in their victorious battle against the Amalekites in Exodus 17. We soon learn that he is Moses’ assistant. In fact, it was Moses who changed his name to Joshua which, in its Hebrew form, means “Jehovah is salvation” (Num. 13:16). Joshua lived his life convicted of this fact and committed to the service of his LORD Jehovah, who is salvation.

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Jesus, Please Help

Psa 28:2 “Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to You for help, as I lift my hands to toward Your holy sanctuary.” (NLT)

Ten years after we were married, Niki and I were finally taking our honeymoon vacation. We returned to Disneyworld in Orlando, FL., the place where I asked and she agreed to be my wife. What a week! It was surreal to stand in the very spot where I proposed with my beautiful wife and remember the moment like it was yesterday. It wasn’t yesterday, of course. We were both ten years older and our family had grown with the addition of four beautiful children. It was, however, a wonderful week to relive the start of our family and get lost in the love that we share together. It was perfect, until we got that call.

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Jesus Teaches on Forgiveness

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matt. 18:21-22, NASB)

At the time that Peter asked that question of the Lord, the commonly accepted practice of the Jews was to forgive someone for a repeated offense up to three (3) times. The fourth time, there would be no forgiveness. Peter was probably feeling pretty generous, and maybe even trying to get some “brownie points” with Jesus, when he offered the seven (7) times. But, as anyone who has spent any time in the Word has become accustomed to, Jesus blew the doors off of the conventional human thinking of the day.

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A Grateful Response

“What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me? I will lift up a cup symbolizing His salvation; I will praise the LORD’S name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the LORD in the presence of all His people.” Psalm 116:12-14 (NLT)

I am always amazed at how much God teaches me through my role as a father. He recently re-introduced me to what it means to be authentically and passionately grateful. For this lesson, God used my youngest daughter Abigail, whom He gave to my wife, Niki, and me just about the time I was praying for more patience. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter and believe she is beautiful inside and out. She is also, however, a very strong-willed child who is still learning the finer points of submission.

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