Idolatry of Self-Reliance

Day 205 2 Chronicles 11:1‐13:22; Romans 8:22‐39; Psalm 18:37‐50; Proverbs 19:27‐29 Idolatry of Self-Reliance A few years back, I heard a well-respected preacher and teacher exclaim, “The two biggest sins of the Old Testament are idolatry and self-reliance!” His off-the-cuff remark sums up our reading from 2 Chronicles. In chapter 12, verse 2 we are…

Our Identity in Christ

Day 204 2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19; Romans 8:9-21; Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 19:26 Our Identity in Christ “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with…

Hallowed Halls

Day 202 2 Chronicles 4:1‐6:11; Romans 7:1‐13; Psalm 17:1‐15; Proverbs 19:22‐23 Hallowed Halls In 1985, my fiancée and I sat in Chicago Symphony Hall as the orchestra warmed up. Both of us liked classical music, but we had never heard a live performance. On a whim, we bought some tickets. Dressed in jeans and sweatshirts,…

History Matters

Day 200 1 Chronicles 28:1‐29:30; Romans 5:6‐21; Psalm 15:1‐5; Proverbs 19:18‐19 History Matters We all like to believe that with God there is always a new beginning, and that we can accomplish anything with God at our side… at least if the preponderance of memes I see on Facebook are any indication. Unfortunately, it is…

Why We Choose Christ!

Day 199 1 Chronicles 26:12‐27:34; Romans 4:13‐5:5; Psalm 14:1‐7; Proverbs 19:17 Why We Choose Christ! Why would anyone choose to follow Christ? To become a Christian? To own this faith and identity? There are probably lots of answers to those questions. Here in this section from Romans 5, we are given several of the many…

David’s Cry for Triumph

Day 198 1 Chronicles 24:1‐26:11; Romans 4:1‐12; Psalm 13:1‐6; Proverbs 19:15‐16 David’s Cry for Triumph As I read today’s Psalm, I am struck by the pleading done by David. He is sad and feeling far from God and begging God to show His face yet again. “How long will my enemy triumph over me?” he…

Bad News, Good News

Day 197 1 Chronicles 22:1‐23:32; Romans 3:9‐31; Psalm 12:1‐8; Proverbs 19:13‐14 Bad News, Good News Our passage today in Romans 3 is a vital one to understanding our condition without Christ and our position in Christ as believers. Paul points out (using selected verses from the Hebrew Scriptures) that both those who know the Law…

Leave the Results to the Lord

Day 196 1 Chronicles 19:1‐21:30; Romans 2:25‐3:8; Psalm 11:1‐7; Proverbs 19:10‐12 Leave the Results to the Lord King David is seemingly on a roll! He has come against formidable foes and defeated them in rapid succession. He has defeated the Amorites, the Syrians, and even the Philistines with their giants! Through his military might, his…

NO EXCUSES!

Day 194 1 Chronicles 15:1‐16:36; Romans 1:18‐32; Psalm 10:1‐15; Proverbs 19:6‐7 NO EXCUSES! Where is God? Well, according to Romans 1, God is the Creator of all things and is in all things. Not only did He create, but He actually made it clear for all to see that He was the Creator. God’s qualities…