What I believe God thinks about me, is one of the most influential things in my life.
First thing: Ahab wanted to go to war and do his thing; King Jehoshaphat wanted to know God’s will.
Ahab sees God as fundamentally against him. “He never prophesies anything good” he says.
Jehoshaphat believed God had good in store for him.
Ahab interprets God’s warnings as God’s judgment and dislike.
Jehoshaphat wanted to hear what God’s good warnings.
Both Kings disobey God’s warning, and go into the war. They both sin.
When in trouble, Jehoshaphat cries out to God for help; he trusts God.
When in trouble, Ahab props himself up; he doesn’t seek God. He dies.
God disciplines Jehoshaphat, but recognizes Jeho’s heart and does not kill him.
After his discipline, Jehoshaphat continued to have a heart for God and encouraged others to “turn back to the Lord.”
How should we view God:
God is love. Everything God doesis loving. Every action towards us is filled with love.
God sent Jesus to pay for our sin, he doesn’t want to punish us. He wants to forgive us!
God is a good Father who wants to give good gifts to those who ask him. For instance, if I ask him for bread, he won’t give me a stone.
Today I should OPEN MY HANDS AND BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS GRACE IN MIND FOR ME.