Life is not always Straightforward

2 Kings 12

Life is not always Straightforward

This passage leaves a lot unsaid. Of Joash’s (or Jehoash) long reign (40 years and much must have happened) three things are said: he “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him”, he repaired the Temple, and he paid off Hazael king of Aram to withdraw from his attack on Jerusalem.

His final end came at the hands of assassins who conspired against him and murdered him at Beth Millo.

The events of life do not always flow easily. God is our Judge. We are called to trust God, to seek to do his will, and know that he knows our hearts. He is the Judge, not other humans. We trust Him to work in us both to will and to do his will (Philippians 2:12-13} and leave the outcome to Him. We look to Him to save and sustain us.


John 20:1-18

The Dawn of a New Day

It was not just the first day of a new week, it was the first day of a new creation.

Death has been defeated. The life of the ‘Age to Come’ is ours through Him. He is risen and so are we in Him. That is how we are called to live.

These are the truths we must maintain and by which we are to live until he returns.


One thought on “Life is not always Straightforward

  1. Thank you Harry. This quote (s) from Brennan Manning came across my path the other day. Ties in with your final comments about how we are to live.

    “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

    And this,” My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it”.

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