26th May – 2 Chronicles 19-20

2 Chronicles

19:1-20:37 – ‘I have the desire to do what is good , but I cannot carry it out… When I want to do good, evil is right there with me’ (Romans 7:18,21). In 19:2-3, we see the two sides of Jehoshaphat. In his heart, he wanted to do God’s will, seeking and serving Him. Sadly, however, he did not always follow the promptings of God’s Spirit. He allowed himself to be influenced by ‘those who hate the Lord’. The godly side of Jehoshaphat – ‘O Lord… our eyes are upon You’ – was in conflict with his sinful side – ‘Jehoshaphat… made an alliance with Ahaziah… who was guilty of wickedness’ (20:5-12,35). ‘The desires of the flesh… and the desires of the Spirit… are opposed to each other…’. ‘Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature’ (Galatians 5:16-17). May God help us to live His way.

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