Day 12: 1 Kings 7 – 2 Kings 5

Sparkling as it crashes against boulders along its banks, the river swiftly cascades towards the sea. The current grabs, pushes, and tugs at leaves and logs, carrying them along for the ride. Here and there a sportsman is spotted in a canoe, going with the flow. Gravity pulls the water, and the river pulls the rest …. downwards. Suddenly, a silver missile breaks the surface and darts upstream, and then another. Oblivious to the swirling opposition, the shining salmon swim against the stream. They must go upstream, and nothing will stop them from reaching their destination.

The current of society’s river is flowing fast and furious, pulling downwards everything in its way. It would be easy to float along with the current. But God calls us to swim against the flow. It will not be easy, and we may be alone.

God warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers, ‘Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.’

As we read these verses today think about the fate that awaits all who refuse to make God their true leader. How can we be like the shining salmon and swim against the flow to respond to God’s call to us?

Steve Mashford

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for that clear analogy Steve. How easy it can be to relax and find that the current is taking you downstream, and how difficult to convince a population that are enjoying the free ride downstream that a swim upstream is better. Praise God that we have the Holy Spirit to enable us on both counts.
    Blessings in Jesus,

  2. Splendid commentary Steve: really helpful analogy and I totally agree with Tim on his further observations.

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