I am about halfway through reading the Bible in one year. Daily, God weaves the story of His chosen people into the tapestry of the whole picture—whether it is in the Old Testament, New Testament, or the Psalms. I am sure He knows how forgetful I am because I often think, “He just said the very same thing some verses back. What is wrong with these people, don’t they get it?” Oh, He gets it—that is why the repetition. He wants us to pay attention, understand the importance of His words, and then DO something about it. The latest characters in the story are all the kings of Judah and Israel. A statement of introduction precedes each king declaring whether he is a good king or an evil king depending on their worship of the one true God. We get a snapshot of their life and times, whether in a period of peace or warfare, and finally, a declaration that all their deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kinds of Israel (or Judah.) How would you like your entire life recorded for all of posterity to read? Would the reader wonder about you? Would someone think,”Wow, she sure was stubborn, forgetful, or even cruel? She didn’t even try to follow God.” Or would they find stories of kindness, love, and excellence before God? Taking it one step at a time following His Light? The kings of Judah and Israel made choices every day about whom to serve. They even had priests that censured them for their disobedience and tried to give good counsel but many would not listen. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NLT) Take a few moments to reflect on your life. Are you listening to good counsel, reading the Word, and choosing to serve our Heavenly Father? May your biography be filled with stories of hope and obedience. I pray that my granddaughters will know that I choose God!
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