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1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40 ~ Acts 27:1-20
Psalm 7:1-17 ~ Proverbs 18:22
Old Testament - Interesting verses to consider today in 1 Chronicles 8 verses 8 through 10 - "After Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara, he had children in the land of Moab. Hodesh, his new wife, gave birth to Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, Jeuz, Sakia, and Mirmah. These sons all became the leaders of clans." These verses basically record polygamy & divorce by Shaharaim. However, just because these actions are recorded in the Bible, it does not mean they are condoned by God. Since creation - with Adam & Eve - God has meant for there to be one man with one wife. But, we humans don't always follow what God wants... and the Bible records both the good & the bad in human actions. If someone were to chronicle our lives today, would what the chronicler recorded be pleasing in God's sight? Don't worry so much about your past & past mistakes. God can forgive and redeem those, if you will turn to him in repentance and humbleness. But right now - what would the chronicler capture in your life today? Would it be pleasing in God's site? Would you want other people to read about your life today? What would a chronicler capture on the scroll of your life today?
New Testament - Today in Acts 27 verses 1 & 2 we read - "When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of an army officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment. And Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a boat whose home port was Adramyttium; it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province of Asia."
Then in verses 10 & 11 Paul's wise advice about the storm is not heeded - ""Sirs," he said, "I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on--shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries, and danger to our lives." But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship's captain and the owner than to Paul." I wonder about this in our lives today - are we like the officer in charge of the prisoners and ignoring Paul's advice? Do we hear Paul's advice to us in his Epistles, and yet are we ignoring it? Are we instead paying attention to the ship's captain, or the world, rather than Paul, when a storm is indeed bearing down upon us?
Bible.org's commentary on today's Acts readings titled "A Biblical Look at Leadership" is at this link.
Psalms - Today in Psalm 7 verse 10 we read - "God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right." What stood out to me here is that it does not say that God saves those who "do" what is true and right. It says that God saves those whose "hearts are" true and right. This is getting toward our interior motives and thoughts and hearts - the important thing is not what we do on the "exterior", but who we are on the "interior". And then certainly if our hearts are true and right, a natural outflow of this is doing good things on the exterior. But, it's the interior - our hearts - that matter most. How is your heart these days? Is it true and right?
Proverbs - Proverbs 18 verse 22 I believe is a two way street - "The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD." And the woman who finds a husband finds a treasure and receives favor from the Lord! I think all of us are fortunate to find a wife or husband. The sad thing of course in our world today is that marriages statistically are not lasting. I believe the divorce rate is around 50% now? Pretty high to say the least... I have not crossed the threshold of marriage in my life, so really can't speak much wisdom into why marriages last or don't last. My hunch is that God needs to be the center of any marriage for it to really last. Really, God needs to be in the center of anything we do in our lives for it to truly last... Is God in the center of all areas of your life today?
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