Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 8, 2015

“the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 19.

“1 Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem.  2 Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord and so bring wrath on yourself from the Lord?  3 But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God.”

4 So Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem and went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and brought them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers.

5 He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city.  6 He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you when you render judgment.  7 Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you;  be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”

8 In Jerusalem also Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests, and some of the heads of the fathers’ households of Israel, for the judgment of the Lord and to judge disputes among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  9 Then he charged them saying, “Thus you shall do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and wholeheartedly.  10 Whenever any dispute comes to you from your brethren who live in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and ordinances, you shall warn them so that they may not be guilty before the Lord, and wrath may not come on you and your brethren.  Thus you shall do and you will not be guilty.  11 Behold, Amariah the chief priest will be over you in all that pertains to the Lord, and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, in all that pertains to the king.  Also the Levites shall be officers before you.  Act resolutely, and the Lord be with the upright.”  2 Chronicles chapter 19.

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In the last chapter, the LORD protected Jehoshaphat.  In this chapter, the LORD perfected (so to speak) Jehoshaphat.

Like Jehoshaphat, we may be content to be protected.  But, the LORD wants more (perfection).

The LORD sent Jehu to admonish Jehoshaphat (because Jehoshaphat allied himself with wicked Ahab, king of Israel and helped him).  The LORD also worked in the heart of Jehoshaphat, causing him to institute broad judicial reforms.

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:48.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17.

“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:4.

“… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2.

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:14.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”  1 Peter 5:10.


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