Today: Psalms 102:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-34; 2 Chronicles 16 & 17; 2 Chronicles 18:1-27

1 Corinthians 15

I am a gardener. And I am always amazed at how tiny dried up seeds planted into the dirt produce huge verdant plants, vegetables, and fruit. Every year I am astounded by the miracle of it. All I do is push those little seeds in the dirt and give it a little water occasionally. Sometimes I add some fertilizer to the dirt. But I can actually make them grow. God does that…

Paul says our own physical bodies are like those seeds. Today our physical bodies waste away with age and sickness. But some day they will be “raised in power… a spiritual body… of heaven.” We will be reunited with our physical bodies some day. Only then they will no longer be cursed and disintegrating. They will be perfect and glorified. How cool will that be?!

"The 2000 Yard Stare" painting by Thomas Lea

2 Chronicles 20

“This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

When a massive army came against Judah, King Jehoshaphat “resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD, indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek Him.” (v.3-4)

God gave them a miraculous victory. They didn’t even have to fight. God caused Judah’s enemies to slaughter each other. By the time the Israelites arrived, “they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground.” (v.24)

We too find ourselves in the middle of war, surrounded on all sides by God’s enemies – the wicked, fearmongers, liars, murderers who revile God and His remnant. May we also pray as Jehoshaphat did:

“Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12