2 Chronicles 21
Focus Verse: To this day Edom has been in rebellion against Judah. Libnah revolted at the same time, because Jehoram had forsaken the Lord, the God of his ancestors. (10)
When Solomon was king, the Bible says that God gave him rest or peace on every side. He had no enemies and all went well for him. When Jehoshaphat and Asa, Jehoram’s father and grandfather, were kings, they also had peace from adversaries; and the few times they did have to go to war, they were victorious. But Jehoram did not have peace during his short rule as king because he did not follow God. He forsook God, so God forsook him.
Focus Verse: Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. (4)
When a spirit of arrogance consumes us, we begin to think that there is nothing and no one who can bring us down from our lofty positions of power or wealth or fame. Perhaps people cannot, but God can. No matter how high we ascend or how low we fall, His hand can reach us.
2 Corinthians 8
Focus Verse: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (9)
The grace of Christ’s love should be our example. He set aside His Heavenly glory for earthly shame so that we could be made glorious and have the opportunity to experience all of Heaven’s goodness. For our sakes: He became poor, so we could be rich; was wounded, so we could be healed; bore a cross, so we could wear a crown; died for a moment, so we could live forever. Christ did so much for us at great cost. Certainly, we can give of whatever wealth we have for others who have less or nothing at all.