July 20: Provision

And the king commanded all the people, “Keep the Passover to the LORD your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.” For no such Passover had been kept since the days of the judges who judged Israel, or during all the days of the kings of Israel or of the kings of Judah. But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah this Passover was kept to the LORD in Jerusalem.

(2 Kings 23:21-23)

It never ceases to amaze me how constant God’s provision and plans work together through people. Here is what I mean: for years and years, no one had kept the Passover. Meaning, the people had chosen to put behind them the rememberance of their deliverance. They were forgetting the God who took them out of captivity, freed them, and promised to deliver them from sin with a Messiah. Yet God did not use their breaking of covenant to sway on His end. He sent a King to put that celebration of His goodness back in place. It would be that same celebration that marked the breaking of bread and drinking of wine before Jesus delivered both Jews and Gentiles from the ultimate captivity. He used a human King to pave the way for the King of Kings though His own people were rejecting Him with every part of themselves. As we walk through this life, let’s ask ourselves who we are. Are we the Israelites who reject God’s commands and live the lives we desire alone? Or are we the one being used–open and ready to be part of His story and glory.

Jesus, help me to open my hands and be used  by you along. I want to be part of your glory though I have rejected you in the past. Thank you for your constant provision, Jesus.

 

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