Devotion Day 29 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 29 – 1st Chronicles 1:1 – 9:44 – I have to say, this was some of the hardest reading so far. Seemed like it was, and unless I was dreaming it was; name upon name upon name. Many I may of read of before, but since forgotten.  This was a hard 9 chapters to read, late on a Sunday evening.  But now with this behind us, I’m glad it came all at once, we can get on into the narrative portion of 1st and 2nd Chronicles.

One thing it raised up for me, is how we tell our story, our history. Sure I mention my dad and mom once in a while, but mostly it is about me. By memory I can go back 4 generations, but don’t have much info on my family lines back in Switzerland and come to think of it, I’m not sure about the other portions of my lineage.  (Uncle John, sure you can help me with some of that)

One of the recent gifts I received was my grandmother’s, on my dad’s side of the family, papers showing she was a descendent of one who fought in the revolutionary war. This was a really wonderful gift and nice surprise.  Through different documents I can say, I have family who helped settle the USA, some who fought in the civil war, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam. Then on Phyllis’s side of the family we have ones who fought in Desert Storm – Iraq I and II.  I’m proud of how many in my family placed their lives on the line that we might be free and others could be free as well.

I’d guess this is some of the importance of the opening chapters of 1st Chronicles, a reminder to the people from whom they have come. How God worked the miracle of life in each one and does so through them, as they come back from exile into the Promised Land.

So it is for us. Knowing our genealogy can help us to know from whence we have come and discover God’s hand in our past, as well as our present.

May God add his blessings on us all as we continue our review of the history of the people of Israel as we continue our readings in 1st Chronicles.

O God, we thank you for being the God who has always been with us, throughout all history; the people of Israel and today with us. May we trust in thee, and seek to serve thee. Amen.

Next Reading – 1st Chronicles 10 – 23

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