Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 1-2
Key Verse: 2 Kings 1:6a
So they said to him, “A man came up to meet us, and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?…’”
First, have nothing to do with any aspect of the occult. Attempting to know the future through non-biblical means brought the curse of death on Ahaziah. Secondly, avoid distractions. Elisha was told that if he saw Elijah ascend, he would receive a double portion (the eldest son received a double inheritance in order to care for needy family members). Had Elisha watched the chariot, he would have missed the blessing, because Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind and not the chariot. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, and not be distracted by miracles, signs and wonders. Thirdly, Elijah is a type of John the Baptist (Matt. 17:10-13), whereas Elisha reminds us of Jesus. Elijah emphasized judgment and the law. He lived an austere, separated life. Elisha lived in constant touch with ordinary people, and his ministry emphasized life and grace.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please help me to focus on You and You alone. You hold my future in Your hands. I trust You for daily guidance. Grant me grace to keep my eyes on You, Lord Jesus, and I know that as I refuse to be distracted, I can’t go wrong. Thank You Jesus! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My friend, Herman was a salesman for Litton Industries, a company that, manufactured a system for aircraft called, “Inertial Navigation.” One day he shared this story with me: “I’ve just installed one of our systems in the corporate jet of the President of Home Oil of Calgary. In order to have automatic guidance to your destination, you punch in to the on-board computer the co-ordinates of the latitude and longitude of your desired destination. The unit was installed in Toronto. I received a call from Calgary about four hours after departure. The President sounded angry. He said, ‘We got over Calgary air space and then trouble. It landed us one foot to the left of the center line on the runway.’ Then he burst into laughter.” Lesson: Put God’s promises into effect by praying and believing, and then take off. He will guide me to His desired destination for my life. Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6).
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