Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 December 2022 – Ungodly Stubbornness has a Terrible Cost
TOPIC: Ungodly Stubbornness has a Terrible Cost
OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, make me more like you through the power of your word as I meditate on it.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 35:20‐27
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 December 2022 MESSAGE
Have you ever been side‐tracked from what God calls you to do and find you end up messing up your life? Consider the way Josiah swerved from spiritual reforms to go into military adventures (v.20). All through his life, Josiah had been prompt to listen to God’s Word but here he failed to inquire from Him about this battle but trusted his own judgment (v.22).
Often, we think that God works in the same way all the time. Josiah did not discern that God could use anyone and anything to accomplish His plans, even Neco, the pagan Egyptian king. When in doubt, especially when messages come from sources we least expect, let us be quick to seek the Lord’s leading and take appropriate action that is in line with His will. What can we learn from Josiah’s attitude in v.22?
Stubbornness and failure to obey God and His commands can only bring disastrous results (vs.23‐24). Unfortunately, the negative consequence is often not limited to us. Other people are also negatively affected.
So what? It is said that stubbornness is the ugly side of perseverance. How would you turn your stubbornness into a good character trait so that it brings about beneficial results on yourself and others?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Use Proverbs 3:5‐6 as your prayer focus for today.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Isaiah 12:2
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Isaiah 58, 59; Psalms 146; Revelation 5.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 December 2022 | NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth.
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Revealing Himself and His thoughts to us as we follow Him daily.
☀ Helping us set our mind on things that interest God in SU.
☛ Right attitude that comes from correct mindset, that only the Holy Spirit gives.
☛ Grace to maintain same love and be united in the spirit as we continue to work for the Lord in SU.
☛ Sobriety of spirit as we fix our hope on the grace of God.
⚠ Working with depraved mind in God’s vineyard.
⚠ Engaging in things that are hostile towards God.
⚠ Darkened understanding and ignorance due to hardness of hearts.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 December 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.
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