Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Numbers 3:1-51; Psalms 148:1-150:6; Mark 13:1-37

The heart of Asa was perfect (loyal) all his days. 2 Chron. 15:17
Asa…sought not to the Lord…and died. 2 Chronicles 16:12-13

King Asa started well and continued well. But he finished poorly. His life identifies pitfalls to avoid if we would have a triumphant ending to our lives. First, he compromised with holiness: He used the Lord’s resources for selfish purposes (2 Chron. 16:1-2). Second, he placed his confidence in humans rather than God (vv. 3-6). Finally, his conscience was hardened: He no longer listened to God’s Word (vv. 7-10). Scripture records his end, saying: “his disease was exceeding great”—he diseased physically and spiritually too: He became a bitter, old man (vv. 11-13). Lord, help us avoid these same mistakes so that we can finish our courses with joy. —Brian Cretney

In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word. —Wm. Longstaff