DAY 1: King Asa Brings Peace to Judah
Think about a time in which you were completely at peace. You were experiencing peace with God, peace with others, and peace within yourself. What was that experience like? What were the circumstances that led to that level of peace?
For king Asa, we learn in 2 Chronicles 14:3 that, “Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the LORD his God.” This led to peace for him, and for the kingdom of Judah. But what exactly did he do that was pleasing and good?
Well, he didn’t simply show up to worship services, nor did he simply focus on doing good deeds for others. Instead, he intentionally sought out to remove everything in the nation that was offensive to God.
We may think that attending worship services or focusing on good deeds may help us to experience peace. And yes, these may be good things to do. But we, too, must be intentional when it comes to removing the things in our lives that are offensive to God. Only then will we experience true peace with God, with others, and with ourselves.
As you read today, consider this: What is something that may be preventing you from experiencing real peace?
READING & JOURNALING:
What is something that may be preventing you from experiencing real peace with God? With others? With yourself?
According to 2 Chronicles 14, king Asa “removed” and “smashed” the things that were offensive to God. What steps can you take to completely smash/remove the things in your life that are offensive to God?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 48 & 49
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, today I am confronted with the hard truth that there are many things that are getting in the way of me experiencing peace with You, with others, and with myself. I’m also confronted with the hard truth that I’ve allowed most of these barriers to continue in my life. As this week begins, I pray for Your wisdom to help me see these barriers clearly, and begin to take the necessary steps to remove them so that I may experience true peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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