Memory Verse #12!
This will mark the halfway point – Yu-huuuuuu!!!! Isn’t that exciting? Well, I am excited about it!
I’ve been reading through the chronological Bible. And the last days/weeks I’ve been in 2 Chronicles and 2 Kings. It’s fascinating to read the story (in chronological order) of all the kings of Israel and Judah. The one thing that caught my eye was when it said of some kings that they followed God’s law, that they remained faithful to God, they did what was pleasing in the sight of the LORD. But: over and over again I read that most of those kings who “did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight” also had a big “BUT” or “ALTHOUGH” or “YET, EVEN SO” attached to that sentence. And what followed these few words was: “although the pagan shrines were not removed from Israel…” (2 Chronicles 15:17); “… but he did not destroy the pagan shrines…” (2 Kings 15:35); “… yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines…” (2 Kings 12:3)
And the consequence of this one “BUT” was huge for the nations of Israel and Judah. The result of this disobedience was that “the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there”. Where? In those pagan shrines! Reading this I kind of judged these kings and the people that should have known better. They’ve got this rich history with God, all the miracles He performed for them, and here they are, still offering sacrifices and burning incense for some pagan gods.
But then I felt God saying, “Meggie, what about you? What kind of shrines do you still keep?” And that got me thinking… I want to be faithful, I want to follow hard after Jesus, I want to be obedient, Yes, I want it soooo much! And in order to actually do it, I will need to remove some pagan shrines! God has been pointing out a few things that need change for a few weeks now. And I think it’s time to do it. I do not want this said of me:
“And though she worshiped the LORD, she continued to follow her own gods according to the religious customs of the nation from which she came. And this is still going on today. She continues to follow her former practices instead of truly worshiping the LORD and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions and commands He gave the descendants of Jacob…” (2 Kings 17:33-34)
When I read this passage with “they” and “their” in there, it was kind of ok. But once I substituted myself in there, it got real personal… LORD God, have mercy!
The other thing that’s been really heavy on my mind is my health. I’ve been struggling with chronic fatigue now for 3 years. And I just can’t imagine myself being to fatigued for the rest of my life. I just can’t. So I started praying for healing again. One of God’s names is “God the Healer”. And some songs by Don Moen have also encouraged me greatly to seek God my Healer. So this time around I will be memorizing a verse from Jeremiah 17:14:
“O LORD, if you heal me, I will be truly healed;
if you save me, I will be truly saved.
My praises are for you alone.”
What about you? What will you memorize? I heard last time around some of you weren’t able to post the Bible verses. Try it again! Don’t give up!
Lets hear it! Lets encourage each other with Scripture!