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This Week: Dreams
WEDNESDAY—Be Patient and Wait Close to God
Big Point: We know God is working, even if we can’t see it.
How often do you find yourself wondering what exactly God is doing in a certain situation? What is happening seems to make no sense. It is unfair. It is painful.
It is in these moments that we need to draw closest to God because we need to hold onto what we can know for sure. We need to hold onto God’s goodness and His love. We need to get to know God’s unchanging character through the Bible.
READ…What Does the Bible Say?
2 Corinthians 4:8,9, 16-18 (New Living Translation)
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
READ…What Does the Bible Say?
Psalm 37:7 (New Living Translation)
7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Psalm 46:10 (New International Version)
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
THINK…Find the answers
How does the passage from 2 Corinthians describe life in this world? Even when life is difficult, what is our situation?
According to verse 18, how can we look past the troubles of this world?
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace, Comfort for
family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to
ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken
Yet love us way too much to give us
‘Cause what if Your blessings come
What if Your healing comes
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re
What if trials of this life are Your
mercies in disguise
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this
That this is not, this is not our
It’s not our home.
Lyrics to Blessings by Laura Story
Read Psalm 37:7 and 46:10. What direction does it give for remaining close to God?
LIVE…What will you do now?
How would you define the word “still”? What does it mean to you, to be still before God?
What comfort do all of today’s Bible verses offer to us? Where can we find hope and peace in this challenging and chaotic world?
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Ask God to show you how to trust Him, even in the cloudiest, darkest moments. Thank God for the things you do know for sure, like how much he loves you. Ask Him to show you how to be still and wait for Him.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: 2 Kings 16-20
16:1-17:41 The narrative turns to the defeat and exile of Israel by Assyria.
16:3 “walked in the way of the kings of Israel…” Ahaz continued to bring pagan, idolatrous practices into the worship of the Lord. This included idols to Baal.
16:10 “the altar…” When Ahaz traveled to Damascus, he saw a large altar and he sent a sketch of this altar to Uriah the high priest in Jerusalem and Uriah built an altar just like it. This changed the furnishings of the temple which designs were given by God. This was like building an idol in the temple, done to please the Assyrian king, whom Ahaz served instead of God.
16:17, 18 Ahaz continued to make further changes to the temple.
17:7 To the casual eye it seemed unfair that God let the Assyrians, a much crueler people, conquer Israel and take the whole nation into exile. Israel was judged on a higher standard due to the many advantages that God had given them.
18:4 “removed the high places…” Hezekiah was the first king of Judah to eradicate the high places, the worship centers built contrary to Mosaic Law.
18:5 “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God…” The noblest quality of Hezekiah, in dramatic contrast to his father, Ahaz, was that he relied on the Lord as his exclusive hope in every situation.
20:1 “Hezekiah became ill…” The prophet Amoz informed Hezekiah that he would not recover from this illness.
20:2, 3 “wept bitterly…” Hezekiah reminded the Lord of his devotion to God. He did not specifically ask God to be healed.
20:16, 17 “word of the Lord…carried to Babylon…” Isaiah predicted the Babylonian captivity that would come over a century later, another prophecy that was historically fulfilled.