Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 14:1 which says,
“And Abijah rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten years.”
Asa: Asa was one of Abijah’s sons, and he became king, and while Asa was king, there was peace in the country for 10 years. Asa’s kingship brought peace.
Us: We are against peace. It’s all about war for us. We are horrible, sinful, wretches. We have Satan as our king, and Satan does not rule over us peacefully. We are God-hating, Jesus-despising, Holy-Spirit-revolting, wretches. We deserve to die and go to hell. So, if we are so horrible, and we are so war-ful, then why haven’t we died? We haven’t we gotten what we deserve?
Jesus: Jesus is the answer! Jesus came down to earth, was born of a virgin, took on the form of human likeness, lived a perfect life, was tempted, was falsely accused by man, was beaten beyond recognition, took on all the sins of the world, and was crucified on a cross. Now, Jesus could have stopped this at any moment. He could have called down angels to take Him off the cross, or even made it never happen. But, God loves us so much, that He gave His own son to die on the cross (1 John 4:10, John 3:16-17).
Application: How does the 2 Chronicles verse apply to our lives? Jesus died on the cross for us, but He also rose again on the third day. He rose again, and now He is our brother. He is the king. And since Christ is the king, we should all have peace with one another, instead of fighting over whether Calvinism is best, or if Arminianism is. We should all be united, like Jesus prayed (John 17:11). Jesus brings peace to us, but we can’t experience it if we keep fighting about who’s denomination is best.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that You would help us all to be united in you. I pray that we wouldn’t consider denominations, but that we would just rejoice in You. I pray that I would draw close to You, and love You more. I pray that You would give me a hunger for Your word. Thank You for giving Your own life for us on the cross. Thank You for letting me be Your child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Loved, John 3:16-17, and 1 John 4:10,
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
United, John 17:11,
“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.”
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland