Today: Psalms 74:18-23; Acts 12:19-35; Acts 13:1-12; 1 Kings 3:16-28; 1 Kings 4 & 5

Psalms 74

I pray sometimes for God’s justice, for His vengeance to be poured out on the wickedness in the world. We live in an evil cursed time when “a foolish people has blasphemed [God’s] name,” where “the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.” (v.18, 20)

But God has been slowly waking us up from a deep sleep, turning on His righteous light little by little to expose the evil that has hidden in the shadows for many generations. God’s justice is coming…

This is a most exciting and wonderful time to be alive! And so I pray with Asaph:

“Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily. Do not forget the voice of Your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.” Psalm 74:22-23

"The Descent of the Holy Spirit" by El Greco

Acts 13

The early church was led by the Holy Spirit. They spent huge amounts of time in prayer and fasting, earnestly seeking God’s guidance. The Holy Spirit often gave them detailed instructions… He told them: “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v.2)

The early Christians sought the Holy Spirit and He spoke to them. They listened and obeyed. They did not try to bend God’s message to fit their own agendas. They didn’t try to use God’s name for personal gain. They submitted and surrendered to God’s Holy guidance. And He responded in miraculous ways.

That very same Holy Spirit inhabits us today. If we would also seek God earnestly, spend extended time in prayer and fasting, listen to and obey the Holy Spirit, He will speak to us today too.

"King Solomon" engraving by Gustave Dore

1 Kings 3

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.” 1 Kings 3:29

During the beginning of his reign, he ruled Israel with great wisdom that God had given him. The country enjoyed peace and prosperity… “he had dominion over all the region… and he had peace on every side all around him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree.” (v.24-25)