From Handbook to Scripture, Day 107
READING: 2 KINGS 8
Elisha warned the Shunammite woman whose son he had restored to life about a seven-year famine the Lord was about to bring. The family sojourned in the land of the Philistines, and Elisha’s servant was instrumental in the restoration of their land after their return.
When Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, sent Hazael to Elisha to inquire if he would recover from his illness, Elisha told Hazael he would become king of Syria and ravage the children of Israel. The chapter concludes with an account of the wickedness of Joram, king of Israel, and Jehoram and Ahaziah, kings of Judah. In the ninth chapter, Elisha anoints Jehu as king over Israel who executes both Joram and Ahaziah.
Prayer: Lord, You are the Lord over history and the Judge of the rulers of the earth. Although the wicked often appear to gain the upper hand, You depose them in Your timing and raise up their replacements according to Your good pleasure. Your Word reminds me that although the unrighteous reign for a season, the righteous will reign with Christ forever.
Meditation passage: verses 11–13
From A Simple Book of Prayers
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of Your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
God fashions the hearts of all
And understands all their works. (Psalm 33:15)
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord, and thank Him for His forgiveness.
I will do no injustice in judgment, nor show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but I will judge my neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:15)
Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy; love does not boast, it is not arrogant, it does not behave rudely; it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth; it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4–8)
Lord, You are abundantly good and Your judgment is right. I thank You for Your protection, and I ask that I would walk in love and justice.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Powers of God
To the Lord my God belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. (Deuteronomy 10:14)
You are the living God, and there is no god besides You. You put to death and You bring to life, You have wounded and You will heal, and no one can deliver from Your hand. (Deuteronomy 32:39)
The Lord is the God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. (1 Samuel 2:3)
The Lord brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to seat them with princes and make them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them. (1 Samuel 2:6–8)
The Lord will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails; those who contend with the Lord will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to His king and exalt the horn of His anointed. (1 Samuel 2:9–10)