Scripture: 2 Kings 10-13.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Kings 13:1-3 (NLT)
1 Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to rule over Israel in the twenty-third year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria seventeen years. 2 But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit.
3 So the Lord was very angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Aram and his son Ben-hadad to defeat them repeatedly.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
I underlined a sentence that really caught my attention in this passage of scripture. The thing that is so sad throughout my reading of the Old Testament is that no matter how much God blessed His people, there were still ungodly kings/rulers that allowed the people to do what they pleased and dishonor God. I believe that spiritual leaders will lead their people into spiritual matters. It would be only natural and God honoring to do this. This is when God caught my attention and helped me to be reminded of the importance of praying for God-fearing men to lead us in our cities, in our state and in our country. Ungodly men will allow ungodly things and actions, and I believe these will lead to ultimate defeat because of the displeasure of our God. Friends, I believe that God loves us way too much to see us suffer under the hands of those that are out to cheat, steal and destroy. However, God is equally as displeased with His people when we stand idly by and allow these type rulers, because of our lack of prayer, or lack of getting out to vote, or lack of support for men of God. Our country has been blessed with great military strength and we have been successful in many instances of battle. Let’s do our part to insure ongoing favor with God by voting for men of God to lead us and then supporting them with our prayers, encouragement and our actions as Christians.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, I pray that I will be blessed to see Your protective and loving arms around and over our nation all the days of my life. I pray that You will continue to remind Christians about the importance of being informed voters, so that we may always seek Your guidance for Your man to rule our nation/state/city. I pray that we will always be a country primarily made up of Christians, as I would love/desire/ask that You always protect us from repeated defeats as in the case of the Israelites.
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