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QT 1 Kings 21:17-29

May 24, 2015

Verse 29 : “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son."

Today’s QT is a delightful surprise in what’s been pretty depressing book, which also shows what God really wanted all along from the kings, which was for them to repent, turn around, from their ways. Ahab finally did, and God forgives Ahab somewhat in that he would not cut off all his sons of his house in his days, but rather in the days of his son.

Repenting is a truly difficult thing, but it’s not just saying that I'm sorry, but really turning myself around from my evil ways. If I really did repent, then I would not go be going back to my evil ways. This is so much easier said than done because I am so weak, and so prone for falling. But the good thing is that my salvation does not lie with this. It does kind of, but it also doesn’t. If we can truly turn from my evil ways and never go back and truly repent of all of my sins, then Jesus didn’t have to come, and die for our sins. It’s because we cannot redeem ourselves purely through true repentance that Jesus had to come redeem us for us. Otherwise, we would all be just damned. But sin still kills, both in this world, and in the spiritual sense. It can literally kill us physically, emotionally, but more important add distance between a soul and God, to the point if the distance becomes too far, the soul may get lost again.

There are situations and my decisions that I’m not proud of, that I pray will all be different and put behind me somehow in the future. I do all that I can to do what I think is the best path forward, hoping that it is a path that God will allow in the end. If not, that would be okay, but I don’t give up on these things. God and I both know this. Nevertheless, there is a lingering question always in all important decisions that question if it’s the path which God would be pleased. However, in the grand scheme of things, God may not care all that much with path I take as long as the paths are in the direction towards him. After all, my life is not about me, but about Him. I say this with ease, but sadly, how it plays out in my life is a different story.

Application: make today as much as possible about Him in all that I do at least for this one day