July 13, 2022
So Jotham became mighty because he ordered his ways before the Lord His God. (2 Chronicles 27:1)
Many professing followers of Christ are very weak. Their lives are marked by a daily battle with petty sins they should have overcome many years ago. They must constantly be reminded of the most elemental truth.
They seem plagued with an undetermined soul. They cannot seem to decide which world they desire—the kingdom of this world or the kingdom of our God. They are “worried and bothered by so many things,” like Martha. They have great capacity to be used by God, but their lack of stability makes them less dependable for God’s purposes.
A STEADY LEADER
Jotham was one of the good kings in Israel’s history. In the cycle of good and bad leaders, Jotham stands as a man with whom God was pleased. And he became “mighty,” which means he was robust, reliable, and prevailing. His was not a flighty faith but firm and dependable. How was this developed in his life, and how can it be developed in ours?
ORDERING YOUR WAYS
Scripture says that he “ordered his ways before the Lord his God.” This word “ordered” is described as “being firmly established, anchored, firm, fixed, like a roof that is firmly established upon its pillars.” (Vines)
Jotham determined to walk with God. Included in this dedication were thousands of small choices to follow the Lord and not the world. Over time, he was strengthened and established so that he became, not perfect, but unwavering in His walk with Christ. You envision him as one you could always trust to make the right choice and stand even in the face of temptation or opposition. The one who prevailed when lesser men collapsed and compromised.
God became “his God,” … not merely someone else’s who Jotham knew vicariously through another’s faith. This was personal, real, authentic, and strong. He knew God, and God knew and trusted him.
Don’t you long to become that kind of man or woman? That leader known for this stability? These men and women are used by God and trusted by men, for they have determined to walk with the God-of-All-Power. Their lives are listed in heaven and earth as those who made a mark for God.
Father, help me take the determined steps today that build the strength of devotion and character that are pleasing to You. Make me, day-by-day, a mighty man, fit for good works. May Your heart trust in me, and may I be pleasing to You in all my ways.
August 11, 2022
Americans are world-class eaters. Some estimates are that the annual expenditure in the United States for all food is $1.1 trillion. We love to eat and go to extraordinary means to consume what we want. Eating provides the nutrition to live, but it’s also a means of satisfaction on a daily basis.
What we don’t realize is that there is a food group we’re missing that is the source of not only the greatest nutritional value but the highest joy. It’s estimated that less than 10% of Americans eat this food daily, even though it’s readily available.
August 10, 2022
We know whether something is valuable or worthless by comparison. A shiny, new car may look fabulous, but it is worthless if it has no engine. The ugliest car with a working machine is far more valuable for the need.
Everyone follows a god. You can pursue the gods of this world (power, pleasure, possessions) or the Lord God Jehovah. But it’s essential to do a proper evaluation.
August 08, 2022
Last Christmas, our kids gave us a gift called “Storyworth.” Every Monday, Holly and I receive a question about our lives. Apparently, these are collected in a book at the end of the year.
Today’s question was, “What’s your best relational advice?” As I looked at this question for a long time, I knew it was a call to do some needed work on my closest relationships. Multiple thoughts ran through my mind. They were convicting because I have fallen so far short of these truths. But they are true nonetheless.