Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 15:1-16:20 (additional reading: Psalm 147:1-20 and Proverbs 18:4-5)
In 2 Kings 15 -16, we discover yet more good and 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. 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. 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 everything 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.”
Today we have the opportunity to stand in the present but dwell on the past in order that we can be steadfast in 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)
- Is your relationship with God one of ups and downs?
- How can you create steadfastness in your walk?
Father, Thank You that You love us with a steadfast love. Thank You that You give us chance and chance again to get right with You. Help us to walk faithfully we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen