Scripture: 2 Kings 17.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Kings 17:13 (NLT)
13 Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: “Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets.”
2 Kings 17:18 (NLT)
18 Because the Lord was very angry with Israel, he swept them away from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
It was interesting, but yet frightening to see the consequences that occurred in Israel because of their sin, disobedience and straying away from what the Lord had ordered them to do through their ancestors. Frightening because I can see where today we are in the same boat. So much has been attributed to progress, modernization, personal achievement and satisfaction, etc. that we have pushed aside God’s commands and his teachings. I don’t know about anyone else, but O would never want to know that I was swept away from God’s presence, nor my family, or church family or city or state or country. I can’t imagine, and wouldn’t want to imagine life without the touch of the Master, without His presence, without His wisdom, without His guidance. Who am I to think that I could ever make it in this life with my Savior? Rich and powerful though we may be, our country is built on Christian principles and it is lifted up every hour by Christian prayer warriors; we are nothing without the touch and power of God on our lives each and every moment. “I Need Thee Every Hour” is a popular old hymn and never grows old and always applies.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, so much is said in Your Word about the consequences of our disobedience to You and Your book of instructions. Please continue to prompt me when I stray. Please guide me in the path of righteousness. Please grant me the boldness to follow Your will in every step I take, especially at times when I find myself in the path of opposition. You are my Rock, and I need You every hour, dear God. May I never feel like You have swept me away from Your presence. I never want to witness life in Your absence. Please be my guide in all things and all decisions.
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