Friday, May 17: 2 Chronicles 25-27
Saturday, May 18: 2 Chronicles 28-31
Sunday, May 19: 2 Chronicles 32-34
These past few days have been like a roller coaster. Things to do at home. Things to do at church. Things to do with the family. It was fast, fun, and a bit crazy. Not too much unlike our readings the past few days.
As we continue to follow the Kings of Judah, it’s a roller coaster of a ride as well. One does evil in the eyes of God. The next does what is right in the eyes of God. One restores the Temple, the next builds altars to the false gods. Can you imagine the confusion the people must have felt? From one generation to the next, each one seems to believe something different.
I can honestly say, I was a bit confused as well. Take Manasseh for example. He’s down right evil. Sacrificed his children. Carved idols and placed them in the Temple. Everything he does seems to have some evil intention behind it. Especially as told in the Book of Kings. He is the worst of the worst. Yet, Chronicles tells a bit different story. 2 Chronicles 33:12-17, Manasseh has an epiphany. He starts doing what is right. He worships and honors God, and works to restore what evil he had originally intended. Who would have thought?
It brings me a bit of hope, knowing our evil ways can be turned. Even thought life is like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, God has a way of smoothing out the ride so that we can all come to a pleasant ending.
Our next readings:
Monday, May 20: 2 Chronicles 35-36
Tuesday, May 21: Ezra 1-3
Wednesday, May 22: Ezra 8-10
Side note: I’m getting ready for some travel, and I’ve decided that it’s okay to not take work with me. Once we get through Ezra, I’ll probably “blog-off” for a few weeks so I can enjoy some time with family and serve with our youth on their mission trip. I know I’ll keep reading. Hope you will too. And maybe, I’ll just surprise you with a few posts along the way. Be sure to stay tuned . . .