Scripture: 2 Kings 25.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Kings 25:27-30 (NLT) – 27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind to Jehoiachin and released him from prison on April 2 of that year. 28 He spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and gave him a higher place than all the other exiled kings in Babylon. 29 He supplied Jehoiachin with new clothes to replace his prison garb and allowed him to dine in the king’s presence for the rest of his life. 30 So the Babylonian king gave him a regular food allowance as long as he lived.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
In reading this last chapter of Kings today I was stumped on what God would have me take away from it. However, in reading my Life Application Study Notes on this, I was really stopped and caused to pause on what was concluded about the second book of Kings. I have appended it below, because I believe that it is important for all of us to take note of what is concluded about the results of our failing to follow God, then the reminder about how faithful God is to us, thanks be to God!
The book of 2 Kings opens with Elijah being carried to heaven—the destination awaiting those who follow God. But the book ends with the people of Judah being carried off to foreign lands as humiliated slaves—the result of failing to follow God. Second Kings is an illustration of what happens when we make anything more important than God, when we make ruinous alliances, when our consciences become desensitized to right and wrong, and when we are no longer able to discern God’s purpose for our lives. We may fail, like the people of Judah and Israel, but God’s promises do not. He is always available to help us straighten out our lives and start over. And that is just what would happen in the book of Ezra. When the people acknowledged their sins, God was ready and willing to help them return to their land and start again.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, I am once again reminded about how important it is to follow You – Your commands and instructions as laid out in Your Word, as well as those times that You speak directly to us and give us direct instructions. I am reminded that You are the ‘Potter’ and I am just the ‘clay’. There is so much that I need to work on each and every day, and I know that there is still so much that You need to mold in shape so that I may look, speak and act more like You as I represent You here below. Please have Your will and way in my life dear God. Mold me and make me to be just like You, so that those that I come into contact with will come to accept You and want to know You to the fullest extent that we can here on this earth. Please be Lord of all in my life today and everyday.
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