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Psalm 1:6
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Whatever turn or whatever meandering the way of the Lord may take the Lord watches over that way and blesses those who tread upon it. The way of the wicked, on the contrary, is like a road clear and smooth to the edge of a cliff. He that being often reproved, hardens his neck will suddenly be cut off, and that without remedy. It is appointed to man once to die, and after this the judgment. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Lord, keep us in the way of the righteous. Keep us from the path of the wicked. Jesus is the Way of the Righteous.
Keep us close to Him, for the glory of Your Dear Name.
Job 1:13
One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,

The events that are about to occur came out of the blue. The kids were together for a family time at their oldest brotherís house. Nothing threatening seemed to be lurking. It was business as usual. But terrible calamities are about to unfold. In three broad sweeps, Job is to lose property, cattle and family as well. His life will utterly collapse, and but for the fact that his own body will not yet e struck with suffering, he is ruined. How vulnerable we all are to sudden disaster! Those who rob can be let loose upon us. Electrical storms can burn up what we hold dear. Tornadoes can sweep everything away. Jobís refuge was God Himself, though Job still had more to come. Lord Jesus, be our refuge this day!
Esther 1:13
Since it was customary for the king consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the laws...

The king was burning with anger, but before he did anything, he consulted his lawyers and experts. Such self-control and wisdom becomes a ruler and is probably the reason he attained his place of power. We would do well, when we are burning with anger, to consult our Expert and our Advocate. Pouring out our hearts to Him will relieve some of the urgency of the moment, and will enable us to look more to Him for grace to respond graciously where we are provoked. Lord Jesus, help us to look to You when we are angry and almost know how we should respond. Give us humility. Remind us of Your wonderful love for us and help us walk in Your way.
Nehemiah 1:3
They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."

Nehemiah has done very well, in the nation of Babylon. To be cupbearer to the king was a position many would have envied. But Nehemiahís heart of concern continued to be with the city of Jerusalem, the religion of his people, the God of heaven and earth. It even at times distracted him from his very important work in the palace. One of his brothers had just returned from Jerusalem, and it was from him he heard the bad news. Progress on the restoring of the city was almost not at all. Lord Jesus, the church in our day is in ruins and the walls broken down. Help us know how to help.
Ezra 1:11
In all there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along when the exiles came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

That all of this treasure could have been catalogued, kept, gathered and transported after 70 years of captivity in a foreign country is quite a feat in itself. No doubt Sheshbazzar had been born in captivity and somehow risen in the ranks to be able to organize and carry out this return of implements for the temple. His parents must have been godly Israelites, impressing on their children the significance of the captivity and the extreme blessing of being allowed to return. Help us, Lord Jesus, to preserve the treasure entrusted to us, that it may be brought into the new generation and used for Your glory! Raise up among our children those who will catch the vision and carry on the heritage!
2 Chronicles 1:13
Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the Tent of Meeting. and he reigned over Israel.

Solomonís interchange with God before the Tent of Meeting in Gibson is pictured as his inauguration to office. Being granted wisdom to lead the people through Godís answer to his prayers, he goes to Jerusalem and takes up the reins of power. Lord, we would draw near to You this day in Your Holy Place, to ask for wisdom to rule in the areas You have entrusted to us. Decisions will fall to us this day. There will be consequences to the decisions we make. May our lives be characterized by Your wisdom and guidance. May Jesus Christ Himself and fellowship with Him be our great desire. And prosper us as our soul shall prosper in relationship with You. All Praise to King Jesus! Amen.
1 Chronicles 1:13
Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites,

The focus is on the re-populating of the earth after the flood. The writer is giving the broad picture of where the different nations of people came from, heading intentionally to Abram, with whom the history of redemption is promised and carried out. The descendants of Abraham will have many dealings with the nations here mentioned in the Scripture, and will cast many of them out of the Promised Land when Israel arrives there. Canaan was the grandson of Noah, through Ham, obviously growing up in a world where just about everybody was a cousin. Thank You, Lord, for keeping such a record for us, that we may trace the lineage of our Savior. In time and space You have Him in mind, even at so early a stage. We receive Him and give thanks.
2 Kings 1:13
So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. "Man of God," he begged, "please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men your servants.

This commander has been ordered to certain death with all his men. Twice before captains with fifty men have been struck by fire from heaven, called down by Elijah. Ahab is being taught the importance of Elijahís place in His plan of redemption.
This commander comes before Elijah, and he pleads for his own life and that of his men. The response came from the angel of the Lord, who commanded Elijah to go down with him to the king. The commander pleads for mercy from Elijah, and the angel of the Lord responds. Elijah is Godís servant. What is pleasing to his Savior is pleasing to him. Lord Jesus, we look to You today.

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