25 Sep What’s on Repeat?
I’m currently reading through the Bible in chronological order. If you’ve ever taken a “How to Study the Bible” seminar or course, you’re aware that one of the first steps of bible study is to observe what’s happening or being said in a passage. Not only must we observe who, what, where, and when, we should also pay attention to what’s repeated within the text. When something is repeated, it’s usually significant and requires our attention.
For instance, recurring statements that continue to catch my attention as I read through 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles are:
“He did evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin.”
“He did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father…had done. Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.”
Instances wherein kings did evil in God’s sight, Scripture references the kings’ predecessor, Jeroboam the son of Nebat. I also observe that in nearly every instance where the text states that a king did right in the sight of the LORD, a contrasting conjunction or addendum follows. If we expand our study we’d take time to read about Jeroboam and how he turned Israel toward idolatry. Our study would also allow us to see the result of the “buts” that accompanied doing right in the sight of the LORD. Over time, partial disobedience also turned the nation’s heart away from God.
These observations readily highlight two things for me – the impact of our actions on future generations and the importance of complete, whole hearted devotion to God. Now in my life, these portions of Scripture challenge me to consider how my faith and devotion to God doesn’t just impact me. The same holds true for all of us. Our peers, children, community (locally and online) are watching…and learning from us. Furthermore, partial, half-heartened obedience can have a dangerous impact on those in our spheres of influence.
My question to you today is, what’s on repeat? What’s on repeat as you study Scripture, as you gather to worship God, as you go about your daily affairs? What’s on repeat is what God wants us to pay attention to. When we pay attention to what’s on repeat, we have an opportunity to not only experience God’s favor. We have an opportunity to leave a God-honoring, impactful legacy for the next generation…and generations to come. When your name comes up, what do you want God to highlight? What do you want people to remember? I pray our legacy will be that we lived honorably, intentionally, and truly in Christ.
Share what God is impressing on your heart and the legacy you hope to leave.