Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 15:1-16:20
In chapters 15 and 16 of 2nd Kings, we discover yet more good kings and more bad kings. One comes and one goes, things get better and then things get worst. Israel’s history is made up of good times and bad times. The times when they were experiencing victory and times when they were experiencing defeat. Times of blessing and times of curse. Times when they were close to God and time when they turned their backs on Him.
Now if we are going to be honest here, it’s not only Israel who have a very varied history. But our own lives are quite the same. One day we are seeking God with all our hearts, praying every moment we can, worshipping Him, not only with our songs on Sunday but with every thing that we do… but the next day…. We are looking like the world, trying to get someone else’s job, steal the best parking place in the Supermarket and underpay our bills.
D.A. Carson wrote “People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
But today we have the opportunity to stand in the present but dwell on the past in order that we can be steadfast for the future.
Notice that God was always there for Israel, every time they messed up, he was waiting and making a way for them to come back to Him again. His Steadfast love never ends (Lamentations 3:22–23) but also we are called to “be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)