God’s people were hauled off to Babylon in large part because their leaders pursued sin and idolatry rather than following the Lord like David did.
We often find ourselves led off because of our selfish pursuits. When we realize that we’re in a form of captivity, only God can hear our cry for help and restore us.
Men don’t climb … they’re lifted.
PRAYER: Lord, lift us up out of the miry clay and put our feet on the Rock, Christ Jesus.
READ: 2 Kings 24, 25; 1 Chron. 1
Manasseh was a sinful king of Judah whose detestable behavior incited God’s anger against His people. Young king Josiah’s reign was an extreme contrast as he did all he could to rid Judah of sin and idolatry. His righteous deeds held off God’s judgments.
This example gives us insight into how critical our stance against sin is. Romans 6 warns, “Shall we continue in sin … God forbid!”
Our victory is in Christ Jesus. He said, “Be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.” [Jn.16:33]
PRAYER: Father, we receive the grace You brought through Christ to become dead to the allure of sin. We want to walk in Christ’s victory.
READ: 2 Kings 20-23
Isaiah was God’s prophet to Israel during the time of king Hezekiah of Judah. The king of Assyria had sent a message to Hezekiah threatening destruction if he didn’t submit to him and directly challenging his commitment to the Lord. Interestingly, Isaiah wrote about Lucifer’s tactics in association with the Assyrian challenge [Is. 14:25]. Both voices and messages were the same.
Hezekiah cried out to God who saved Judah by sending one angel to smite 185,000 enemy soldiers on one night. The evil king of Assyria was slain shortly thereafter.
We learn to recognize the enemy’s voice through whomever it comes. We cry out to God and watch Him destroy our enemy.
PRAYER: Lord, You are the great God. You are the ruler of the universe, and we submit ONLY to You. Give us a discerning ear to recognize the enemy’s voice and refute it through prayer and obedience to Your Word.
READ: 2 Kings 18, 19
History books such as 2 Kings paint a sad picture of the consequences of disobedience. Foolish kings who turned away from serving the Lord brought bitter suffering upon their people.
Parents in families who turn against God bring similar pain upon their children. Parents who follow God’s way through the teachings of Christ conversely merit God’s favor. It is reflected in every aspect of life …. grades, health, joy, friendships, prosperity. It’s like the contrast of dark and light.
PRAYER: Father, as we read the effects of sin in the Bible, we are motivated to seek You all the more. Give us great grace today to please You in every deed and thought.
READ: 2 Kings 14-17
Needed repairs were being made to the Temple under Joash’s reign. The Word points out that no cautious accounting method was needed regarding the funds because all involved operated in complete honesty … what a refreshing thought.
In a perfect world, this would be true. However, it seems that few have a level of honesty and integrity that would permit such financial conduct.
It’s a noble goal to conduct your business in such a manner that everyone trusts you because you operate in complete honesty. Jesus, upon meeting a man named Nathaniel, declared, “An Israelite indeed in whom is NO GUILE.”
My, what a compliment.
PRAYER: Lord, I want to conduct myself is such a way that complete trust and honesty are the standard. By Your grace, I want to display a Holy Spirit integrity to all.
READ: 2 Kings 11-13
Elisha had Jehu anointed king of Israel. He commenced to eliminate ALL the descendants of Ahab and Jezebel. He was empowered of God to do so because of the extreme wickedness they imposed upon God’s people.
God want wickedness eliminated from our lives. The writer of Romans put it this way … “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” [Rom. 8:13]
PRAYER: Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, empowering me to murder all the unpleasing elements of my earthly life.
READ: 2 Kings 8-10
Samaria had been besieged by Ben-Hadad, king of the Arameans. The inhabitants were literally starving to death. At the point of greatest desperation, Elisha prophesied that the next day would be different … food would be available for next to nothing. In fact, God had spoofed off the Aramean army who left everything and ran. Four bold lepers discovered the spoils. Crisis averted.
Solomon declared, ” The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.: [Pr. 13:22]
David said, “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” [Ps. 66:12]
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, forgive us for doubting Your hand of provision. We believe You will supply all our needs according to Your riches.
READ: 2 Kings 5-7