Day 233 – Luke 19:28-38; Titus 2:11-15; Prov. 15:18-33; Esther 2
Luke: If I was sent by Jesus to untie a colt in the next village, I don’t know if I could think of anything else – other than “prophesy is being fulfilled right now (see Zechariah 9:9)! God is fulfilling prophesy right now… and He is using us to bring it about!” When these two disciples came back with the unridden colt, Jesus rode the donkey – announcing His reign and messiah-ship to the whole world!
‘When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples were happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God (Luke 19:37-38).”‘
Application: Pour out your heart in thanksgiving. God has set out to do what He has always said He would do – He would send His Son, the Messiah, to save His people from their sins.
Titus: The grace of God has come, for all people. The grace of God is what will teach us the difference between right or wrong, and enable us to walk in what’s right. God, though holy, is our ever-present help and blessed hope! We don’t have to wait to walk in upright and godly lives. While we await Christ’s coming, our blessed hope, we can choose to live for Him alone. He has given Himself up to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify us for Himself – calling us His own.
Application: How is relying on the grace of God changing the way you live? Are you waiting on the blessed hope of the return of Christ? How is it changing the way you live?
Proverbs: Wise living is said to honor God. That is what this passage of Scripture is about, learning what pleases God. Some of our actions produces some dozy consequences. For example: If we want to settle arguments versus flaring them, we need to remain calm versus being angry (v. 17). Another is: God hates evil thoughts, but kind words please God (v. 26).
Application: Which feeling or action stands out most to you? Does it reveal an area of sin or struggle in your own life? Spend time in prayer, and give it over to God.
Esther: While the king’s standards for a queen were looks, God knew Esther’s heart. Esther appealed to the king – more than any other of the beautiful woman. Esther wasn’t just a pretty face, but had a pretty heart to match. God provided not only for His people, but would protect the new husband of Esther (King Xerxes), as his guards sought to kill him (when Mordecai overheard).
Application: How are God’s standards different from those of this world?