We are grateful this month of July for Lift Up Your Hearts Devotional contributions from Rev. Jodie McNeil in Australia.
Jodie is the Rector of Jamberoo Anglican, a regional and rural parish in the Diocese of Sydney, which describes itself as “orthodox, Anglican, missional, village, heritage, and intergenerational”. He attended Gafcon Jerusalem Conference 2018 with his wife Mandy, and they have two married daughters and two high-school-aged sons. Prior to the past decade as a parish rector, he served at Anglican Youthworks where he trained and lectured in youth ministry, founded the Year 13 gap year program, and directed the camping and conferencing ministries. He enjoys beach walks and cafe breakfasts with Mandy, playing and listening to music, avoiding running injuries, and volunteering in the Rural Fire Service.
Each day’s devotion is based on one chapter from 1 Kings, where we witness King David’s final days, King Solomon’s wisdom and his temple construction, the tragic fall from grace by so many of the disobedient kings of the divided kingdom, through to the extraordinary ministry of Elijah.
Jodie seeks to help us read 1 Kings as Christian scripture, understanding this remarkable book in its Biblical Theological context. As we experience the highs and lows of the rule of God’s kings, we will learn so much more about the true king of the Kingdom of God, Jesus the Messiah, and what that means to us as we follow him as our king.
If you have time, it would be great to read each chapter of 1 Kings along with the devotion, so that you might hear God’s word, yourself. For further reading and encouragement, Jodie recommends the excellent commentary on 1 Kings by John Woodhouse called ‘Power, Politics, and the Hope of the World’, which has been a constant companion in his preparation for this month’s devotions.