Today’s Reading: Psalm 41, Genesis 38, 2 Chronicles 15, Acts 9:1‐31
Psalm 41 – This is a song of lament, in which David cries out to the Lord for healing. He is severely ill, and asks the Lord for healing. He also admits his sin, fessing up to the fact that he has fallen short of being the man that God has called him to be. This psalm is one place where we see a biblical precedent for praying for God to heal us.
Genesis 38 – The story of Judah and Tamar is an important one, because it is through this line that Jesus, the Messiah, came into the world. Tamar is one of the women that is mentioned in Jesus’ family tree. It’s amazing that God chose this family, with all of the heartache, to be the family into which Messiah would be born.
2 Chronicles 15 – This is a good period for the kingdom of Judah. Asa’s leadership helped the kingdom of Judah return to worship of Jehovah. Idols were done away with, and those in leadership who propagated the worship of idols were stripped of their authority. God blessed the kingdom of Judah in these days.
Acts 9:1-31 – The conversion of Saul has to be one of my favorite stories of all time. Why? Because it shows the incredible grace of our Lord. There was nothing about Saul that should have attracted God’s grace. This was a man who was seeking to destroy the infant church. But, God reached out in grace to save Saul. He chose Saul to be his child. And, what a man He chose! God would use Saul, whose name would be changed to Paul, to write more than 2/3 of the New Testament. This is a man who shook his world for Jesus Christ. God saw potential in Saul. He saw not who Saul was, but who Saul would become.
If you have been saved by Jesus Christ, thank Him for the work of grace in your life. Thank Him for choosing you to be His child. Thank Him for not giving you what you deserve, but instead for showering you with grace. He is a loving God!