Project 66 – 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra

1 Chronicles to Ezra is Today’s portion

Well, it has been a month of not blogging, but I have been pondering and scribbling out all 66 portions of scriptures, one per book!

Verses Scribbled on the Board

66 Portions scribbled on Plywood

1 Chronicles 4:10 – That I may not cause pain

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
“Oh, that Thou wouldst bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Thy hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain!”
So God granted him what he requested.

I shared a thought from Leonard Sheldrake on this passage at the beginning of the summer, and highly recommend giving it a read if you have the time:

I know for me, my greatest desire is that I don’t cause pain to anyone, intentionally or not. And only the Lord can prevent me from doing that, He is the only one able to manage and understand just what it is that could hurt others and what each person’s sensitivities are.

And how encouraging it is to read that little addendum at the end
“So God granted him what he requested.”

O that the Holy Spirit would nurture His fruit in my life!

2 Chronicles 7:14 – Seek His Face

If My people, who are called by My name,
will humble themselves
and pray
and seek My face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin
and will heal their land.

This is a promise of God to the nations, particularly Israel. But for me today, I cling to it as a promise that He will hear from heaven, forgive me my sin and heal my heart. So I want my occupation to be humbling myself, praying, and seeking the face of my Saviour, my only Hope.

At St. Philip’s we are doing the 21-day Prayer Project, and God knows how much I desire to have the results be the same as that declared in this verse 2 Chronicles 7:14.

I can’t even begin to enumerate how often I have sought after other faces or spent time conversing with others rather than seeking Him and praying to Him.

O for healing, Jehovah Raphi.

Ezra 7:10 – Prepared My Heart

For Ezra had prepared his heart
to seek the Law of the LORD,
and to do
and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.

As I mentioned in the previous passage (2 Chronicles 7:14) the healing of my heart is a desire of mine. But in this passage we see that there is a role that we get to play in the accomplishment of that end.

Ezra PREPARED his own heart, whether healed or not, to seek the Law of the Lord, or even the Lord Himself. Like it says in Philippians 4:8, we can choose what we think on.

Nothing gives me more comfort than the word of the Lord and sharing it with others. I just need to learn not to seek comfort from something other than Him.

I definitely want to be in fellowship with others, but as far as the depths of the heart where deep calls unto deep, only God Himself can put His healing balm on it.

I like the NIV translation too, it says, Ezra was devoted to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord. It’s convicting, isn’t it? What am I devoted to? What am I consumed by?

May it be the Lord Himself!

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