Hello, how is everyone getting on in lockdown? Such a strange time to be living in. I have to say honestly, to have so much time on my hands, I don’t feel I’ve ever struggled more finding time to connect with God. I think I may have underestimated just how much I relied on my church community for strengthening and accountability. I really have missed my quiet times with God as I seemed to get into a habit of staying up later and sleeping in, which has me all out of sorts. I’ve had to readdress my priorities about a million times in our four weeks of lockdown. Isn’t it a good thing God is so patient with us?
I wanna tell you all about the Bible reading plan that I follow. It’s called CBR (Community Bible reading) and for about a year and a half now I’ve been reading a chapter from the Old Testament and a chapter from the New Testament every day (well that is the intention, some days I miss when I sleep in). For me, it works best when I get up early before my kids and spend this time with God reading and praying through the scriptures. The idea then is that you pray through your pen in your journal using the A.C.T.S method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) and then share a little snippet of what God has spoken to you with your community of people. (small group of 5 or 6 who also do the plan)
I love the plan and it has worked well for me as a whole Bible reading plan. I get to hear God speak to me through the scriptures and develop my personal relationship and understanding of his heart for me through it.
If you want more info you can check out the website at http://www.thecbrjournal.com, they have a great app to get you started straight away if you want to jump on.
So, this morning on the reading plan we started 1 Chronicles 1. In my Bible, at the start of each new book there is a little summary of the background and content, like a set the scene.
If you haven’t read it, it is a long list of the Genealogy right from the first man Adam. I’ll admit that reading it at first my attitude was all wrong as I struggled to pronounce almost every other word, it does not make for light reading.
But when I read the purpose of the writer (assumed to be Ezra), he made this record for the people who had just returned to their homeland after being in exile in Babylon for the past 70 years. They would have to know very little memory of the past and close to nothing of their history on returning to their land that was destroyed and left in ruins, and how strange that must have been. The account was intended to give them a sense of belonging and identity from their genealogy
I guess for us today our homeland can feel very strange to us, or at least if it doesn’t already I imagine it will by the time this lockdown is over. I feel like in times like these it would be easy to become confused, question our kingdom heritage, ask God questions about the whys and the where fors and whatnot. We can feel a bit lost from the culture that we all had grown so accustomed to and relied on around our church life, or work life, or even family life, that gave us our sense of identity, made us feel who we are.
This morning’s reminder was not to forget my identity in Christ. When everything else around me looks different God remains the same. He is still in control, still my Heavenly Father, I am still his child. He has still got plans and purpose for my life. I feel like I need to recall my Godly heritage and all the privileges of being in the family of Christ.
“Through our union with Christ, we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance. Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny; that we would fulfil the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. God’s purpose was that we Jews, who were the first to long for the messianic hope, would be the first to believe in the Anointed One and bring great praise and glory to God!”
Ephesians 1:11-12 TPT
While everything outside your front door may seem uncertain and chaotic when everything looks to lay in ruins, can we just spend some time today remembering:
Where we came from;
Who we belong to;
What we stand to inherit?
I’ve also been aware of the little eyes that are watching during this time. I have a good friend that talks so fondly of their grandmother. Her faith and strength through various challenges in life, including losing two children. Isn’t that something to aspire to for all her family? Is it any wonder in her family line most of her descendants are walking closely with the Lord now? She left a wonderful legacy.
There is no doubt that the unprecedented time we are living through in this pandemic, the time when the whole world came to a standstill to fight a virus, will make it to the history books in the future. Our future generations will recall how their parents and grandparents coped in the face of this adversity.
Do you think about the heritage that we are leaving for future generations?
Are we praying for those who come behind us?
Are we sowing the seeds of faith, are we praying blessings and favour?
I don’t believe you need to be a parent yet to start investing in future generations. For me, today reading what seemed to be quite boring and mundane has given me a lot to think and pray about, and genealogy is definitely an area I need to be more intentional about including in my prayers.
“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.”
2 Timothy 1:5-6 NLT