Today you should read: 2 Kings 1
As we begin to engage the book of 2 Kings, it might be helpful to read this quick introduction in order to prime our hearts and minds to be ready to hear from the Lord. In this book, we’re going to see good and bad kings, rewards and consequences, and practical lessons to apply to our own lives. We’ll see foreshadows of Jesus Christ and the gospel. Ultimately, I hope we’ll all know Him more and desire to make Him known as we read through this book together.
Chapter 1 begins with a painful situation. Ahaziah, the king of Israel, who did not walk in the way of the Lord, had a bad fall and a rough landing. Like, literally, he fell through some lattice in his upper chamber and hit the ground. This caused an injury that caused him to become ill. (v. 2)
Ahaziah was probably a bit nervous about his illness, and he wanted to know if he was going to ever get well. So, verse 2 tells us that he sent some messengers to inquire of a false god, Baal-zebub, to ask if he would become well. Bad idea.
In verse 3, an angel of the Lord told Elijah to go meet Ahaziah’s messengers and ask, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are seeking Baal-zebub?” In other words, why do you live as if God does not exist and so you seek another so-called god?” Then, in verse 4, Elijah gave Ahazaih the news that he would surely die.
OK, I want to make a spiritual parallel here that I believe we can apply to our lives. Ahaziah was hurt. He wanted answers. He sought answers from the wrong source. He died. In a similar way, sometimes we get hurt, need advice, and want answers to our questions. And what do we often do? We seek answers from the wrong sources. Our natural, first response is to go to family, friends, books, etc. for answers. In a sense, they become like false gods to us, while God waits to be sought. The natural consequence to seeking advice from false gods is more harm than good.
Should we seek counsel and advice from family, friends, books, etc.? By all means, yes! BUT, we must be quicker to seek our true God’s counsel, and ask Him to use family, friends, books, etc. as sources of godly counsel, lest we seek the counsel of “false gods” in our lives.
Long story short, seek God above all. Seek His counsel. Seek His face. Let Him be your guide, your comfort, and your peace. Ask Him to use other sources to speak into your life. Just be careful not to mistake the other sources as your god.
Posted by: Rich Duffield