Today: Proverbs 16:18-27; Acts 25:23-27; Acts 26:1-23; 2 Kings 14:23-29; 2 Kings 15

Proverbs 16

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25

“If it feels good, do it” is not a very wise motto to live by. There are many things that feel good in the moment, but hold terrible consequences. We can’t trust our feelings to determine what is best. We have become a very touchy-feely culture and it shows. Emotional thinkers are shallow, weak, gullible, and easily manipulated by any old smooth talking snake oil peddler as they scamper after every silly fad du jour. We make a mistake to place emotional thinkers in authority. They make terrible decisions.

"St. Paul" painting by El Greco

Acts 26

In Acts 26, Paul tells his personal testimony to King Agrippa and his entire court. What an amazing situation! Had the Jews not rioted and plotted to kill Paul, he never would have been able to share his miraculous story with this royal audience.

Everything Jesus had told Paul when He appeared to him on the road to Damascus had come to pass. He had sent Paul to his own people and to the Gentiles “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Jesus Christ].” (v.18)

2 Kings 15

Israel was falling apart under rule of evil king after evil king. Assassinations abounded. It was a wicked and dark time in Israel and the Israelites suffered greatly.

Judah was an entirely different story — led by Azariah for 52 years. King Azariah “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done” and then his son after him. And God blessed them.