Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!” (NLT)
Heartbreaking hymns were penned unnecessarily. Songs of praise and thanksgiving could have been scored instead but for one little word with outsize consequences: Pride.
Josiah did almost everything right. However, pride led him where he did not belong and took him where he did not want to go. He failed because he confused God’s invincibility with his own capability. He expected God to bless him in whatever he did, a promise God never makes. His failure to seek God and to follow his directions cost him his life.
The most important question we can ask in moments of decision is, “What does God say?” The most important action we can take is obedience to God’s will done God’s way in God’s timing.
Josiah died earlier than he had to because of his pride.
The question must be asked: Where will your pride lead you today?
Let your pride serve as a reminder to go to God first, next, and last. Seek his will, way, and timing. Trust him to empower you for whatever he asks. Know your force of personality, your knowledge, and your wisdom never ever compare to God’s assessment and direction. Trust God from the bottom of your heart. Lead your heart to him in all things at all times.
Who is in the driver’s seat today? Who sets the GPS?
Live with less lamentation. Let God be in charge of the journey and the pace.
I will sing more songs of praise and thanksgiving because I will follow God’s lead.
Our Father, where do you want me to go today? What do you want me to accomplish? Who will you have me serve? Whatever you ask, I say Yes. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.