Sunday, June 10, 2012

2 Chronicles 10-22

Early this morning I sat in a little blue rocking chair in an empty children's Sunday School classroom (as I usually do on Sunday mornings) gazing out the window. Suddenly, I was overcome with the need to pray for a specific, new thing... something that I have never prayed before... You see, usually it's "Lord, please help me, or Lord, please give me something, or Lord, I want, or Lord, forgive me for something or protect me from something...", etc. etc.

You see, I tend to (like the Israelites in 2 Chronicles 15:3-4) forget about God in the good times and only fully turn to Him in the bad times.

But today, it was a new prayer. Something in me said that there would be a change in my life, and soon.

And for some reason, I sat there in that chair praying to God that no matter what future wealth or happiness or success or man might come into my life that I would not, in any circumstance, forget the One who made me, or forget to praise Him, or forget that everything comes from Him and that next to Him, money means absolutely NOTHING.

And so, imagine my surprise, when my reading for today included the following passages: "The people of Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, but even after he became very rich and respected, he remained completely faithful to the Lord..." (2 Chron. 17:5-6)

Amazing.

Love.

How can it be....