I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Some time ago, I was reading through the book of 2 Chronicles during my morning devotional periods, and one day I came to the story of King Johoram in chapter 21. Johoram’s father had been the good King Jehoshaphat who had worked tirelessly to bring about revival in his nation.
Upon his death, Jehoram ascended to the throne and he immediately undid his father’s twenty-five years of work.
This is a favorite of mine, and in glancing back over it in my old, underlined Bible, I counted a dozen different circles and underlines and brackets and other marks that I’ve made through the years as I’ve underlined its verses.
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Everything may be collapsing around us, but nevertheless the promises of God are secure. I’ve occasionally battled anxiety, but there’s one thing about that for which I can give thanks.
My anxiety has so often driven me to the Bible to find a promise or a word of reassurance from the Lord.
In “real life,” Lisa is a busy mother, a pastor’s wife, and a popular Christian writer and speaker.
Several months ago, we cooperated in a little project, and I learned something from her.
For example, one night a four-word phrase in Mark hit me like a load of bricks: “Have faith in God.” On another occasion, it was a two-word phrase in Psalm 37: “Fret not.” On another occasion, I was reading through the book of Daniel, and it was a time of special concern for me.
There were two words in chapter 4 that struck me like two bullets from a derringer.
One of Lisa’s specialties is teaching busy mothers how to take time for spiritual nourishment in the Word of God every day.
On her bookshelf is a copy of Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament, and one day she noticed something.
But having described these multiple disasters, verse 7 (NIV) says, “Nevertheless, because of the covenant the Lord had made with David, the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David. It’s wonderful when a word in the Bible jumps out and assaults you, as it were.