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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
05

Looking for God's Kingdom

Rick Beckett

Scripture
"After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle. But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, "What quarrel is there between you and me, O king of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you." Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Neco had said at God's command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo." (2 Chronicles 35:20-22)
Observation
This ending doesn't seem to fit the rest of Josiah's life story. He find's the law, and destroys everything that opposes God's ways. He repents, and determines to correct all of his ways. Sound's great...except for the last chapter.

Josiah wanted to defend an ally in a battle that didn't necessarily involve Him. King Neco of Egypt told Josiah not to get involved because Neco was carrying out God's will at Carchemish.

God was using King Neco from Egypt? Does this sound a little strange to anyone else? Josiah doesn't heed the warning from the Egyptian leader, and just as soon as he enters into battle, he dies. This is a twist I never saw coming. I think that if this were a movie, I would want my money back.

We will never fully understand why God does what He does. Our brains probably don't have the capacity to remotely gasp what God's entire will is. Isaiah reads 55:9,
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." God's ways are too big for us to understand, so we must live by principles laid out in His Word.
Application
Principle #1: God sees the big picture...I DON'T

I am learning more and more that my goal in life is to align my ways to what God is doing (His Kingdom), and not to try to force my will upon God. He sees the big picture, and I certainly do not. He sees the forest, and I just see the tree in front of me. Josiah leaves us with many lessons. Obedience to morality is important, but it's not everything. Obedience to what God is doing in His Kingdom is just as important, because His ways are higher than mine. He always sees the big picture.

I need to ask these types of questions about God. What is He doing? How can I align my life with His purpose? I won't always understand why, but that is o.k. I need to be Kingdom minded, rather than someone who just sees life from my perspective. God sees the big picture...I don't.
Prayer
Father, thank you so much for this unique look on leadership, and following You. I pray that my heart, and life will line up with Your Kingdom. I never want to get in the way of what you are doing. Help me to see a bigger picture, and to figure out what You are doing. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Devotions for August 05

2 Kings 23
2 Chronicles 35
John 7

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