1 Chronicles 2:3 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah. These three were born to him by a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua. Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death.
This genealogy lists Er and calls him a wicked man, so God killed him. People like to think that what they do doesn’t matter because it’s no one else’s business. But with every word we utter and every action we take, we are building our reputation. How we live today will be remembered by others and judged by God. What we do does matter.
Jabez, whose legacy is given in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, was called more honorable than his brothers even though his mother gave him a name meaning pain or distressed. His legacy is a prayer request to bless him, help him in his work, be with him in all that he did and keep him from trouble and pain. God was the center of his life. We should not ask for God’s blessing without giving Him authority over all of our life.
Both Er and Jabez left a legacy behind–one evil, one good. Both were called out by God as examples to us and how we are to live our lives. How do you want God to summarize your life? As wicked or honorable? By building our lives around worshiping God rather than making worship just another activity in our busy schedule, we will build a reputation that honors and glorifies the Lord.
My reading schedule this week:
April 30 Psalms 102-104
May 1 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12
May 2 Psalms 133
May 3 Psalms 106-107
May 4 2 Samuel 5:11-6:23; 1 Chronicles 13-16
May 5 Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68
May 6 Psalms 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132
NOTE: I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com