Friday, May 22, 2015

Naphtali who?

May 22

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 6 – 7

Verse of the Day: 1 Chronicles 7:13 – “The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.”

This verse carries the shortest account for a record of descendants of a tribe of Israel. The tribe of Naphtali had its ups and downs. Its history includes incomplete obedience and shades of cowardice, but we see bravery under Gideon. Maybe the lesson we should take from Naphtali is that God exalts the humble. Naphtali (as part of Galilee) was despised, and Nazareth was the lowest of the low. Yet Nazareth was Jesus’ hometown, and Galilee was exactly where Jesus chose to begin His ministry. For our sakes, He became “despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3). The King of kings had the most unpretentious start. He is truly “humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29). We are to follow His example in our walk today.

Prayer: Gracious God, remember me and use me as You desire. May I remain humble and unpretentious in my ways. Amen.

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