2 Kings 24:13
As the Lord had declared…
observation If you read the previous scripture (as well as that which follows) you can see that Israel has had a line of kings (by this point of the story) that are disobedient to God. The Bible tells us that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord. As the Lord had declared indicates that the people had been told what would happen if they didn’t follow him. THEY KNEW THAT THERE WOULD BE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR ACTIONS, and yet, they ignored the words of the Lord and did what they thought was best. Dumb.
But, then again, I do exactly the same thing on a daily basis whenever I sin. God promises us things (we like to remember the good, positive promises) that will happen as a consequence of our actions. It’s time to start listening.
1 Praise the Lord.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked will see and be vexed,
they will gnash their teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
continuing you on in today’s reading you will find the above example of some of God’s promises: blessed are those who fear the Lord, the righteous will never be shaken, the wicked will be vexed. Yes, there are a lot of promises for those who follow and serve Him, but since God is just, there are also promises of what will happen if we turn from Him and ignore His quiet beckon back to remember our relationship with Him.
Be encouraged to do what is right! Our God is a God of justice and there are consequences for our actions. He will forgive us our sins, but that does not mean we will automatically evade the consequences.
(also, don’t just do what is right because you want to avoid the consequences. a reflection of love for someone is to do what you know they will like… obey because you love God, and when that’s not enough [because sometimes it isn’t], remember the consequences of what you do)
prayer Lord, help me to learn and obey Your will. I don’t want to be stuck in a pattern of disobedience. I want to love you with my actions. I want to do Your will today and everyday. I know I can’t do it on my own strength, and that is why I turn to you and seek Your strength and guidance in my day. I want to remember You in every decision I make. Be blessed by my life today.