READ: Psalm 65, Ezekiel 28-30, Mark 9, Romans 16   AUDIBLE ARROGANCE Arrogance tends to be verbalized. While it is true that we can retreat into a haughty and condescending silence, for the most part we unveil our arrogance by what we say about ourselves and others. Arrogance is but a manifestation of insecurity, for arrogance…

READ: Psalm 34, Isaiah 61-63, Matthew 6, Acts 13  STAYING LITTLE John the Baptist is one of my favorite biblical characters because he stayed little all the way to the end. Luke records this rare feat for us in Acts 13:25: “As John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am…

READ: Psalm 32, Isaiah 55-57, Matthew 4, Acts 11  GUILELESS There is something winsome about the person who has no guile. We are impressed by the intelligent, awed by the strong, drawn to the attractive, amused by the witty, but it is the man or woman without guile that makes us feel safe. Psalm 32:2 reminds us…

READ: 2 Chronicles 34-36, Psalm 138, Luke 5, 1 Peter 5 THE END IS NEAR Josiah reigns in Judah and ushers in radical reforms. He attacks idolatry with fury: breaks, cuts down, makes into dust, scatters, burns, breaks down, beats into powder, cuts down, with swords, all relics, people, and rituals associated with pagan worship (2 Chron….

READ: 2 Chronicles 31-33, Psalm 137, Luke 4, 1 Peter 4  KNOWING WHEN TO DIE Hezekiah started off as a humble king. He sought God with all his heart and as a result prospered (2 Chron. 31:21). Faced with overwhelming odds, he joins with Isaiah to cry and pray (32:20) and the Lord fights for…

READ: 2 Chronicles 26-27, Psalm 135, Luke 2, 1 Peter 2 LOWLY AND SAFE Uzziah was a renaissance man. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Chron. 26:4), sought God (v. 5), defeated enemies (v. 6), became exceedingly strong (v. 8), loved the soil (v. 10), equipped soldiers who “made…

READ: 2 Chronicles 10-12, Psalm 129, Mark 12, James 1 GODLY DIVISION Change of leadership can lead to both unity and schism. Rehoboam inherited some followers who were a little disgruntled and had the opportunity to win them over (2 Chron. 10:7). Taking the poor advice of younger advisors however, Rehoboam lost ten of the…

READ: 2 Chronicles 7-9, Psalm 128, Mark 11, Hebrews 13 FASTING AND FEASTING There is a deep bass note of humility that resounds steadily through all biblical prayers. When men and women approach God (whether in triumph or tragedy), it should be from a position of respect, of reverent awe. Both modern feasting and fasting…

READ: 1 Samuel 7-9, Psalm 83, John 15, Ephesians 4 EBENEZER “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12) The entire history of God’s people reveals unfaithfulness. Even mighty Samuel could not keep his flock (or his sons) from sin. Often we glamorize the Ebenezer stone as a commemoration of our man’s faithfulness….

READ: Joshua 22-24, Psalm 72, John 4, 2 Corinthians 12 SPENT Paul wisely did not flaunt his heavenly experience to the Corinthians (12 Cor. 12). He reveled instead in the paradoxes of the gospel. Thorns are given to keep us humble (v. 7). Grace is given to make us sufficient (v. 9). Weakness is given…

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