Today you should read: 2 Kings 15
A quick summary of this chapter might go something like this: There were lots of kings who came and reigned in Judah and Israel, and many were conspired against and killed. Most did not follow the ways of the Lord. It just seems like there was A LOT of drama. Amidst all the drama, something popped off the page at me today before I got past verse 5.
Azariah had become king of Judah at age 16. It says that he did right in the sight of the Lord according to all that his father Amaziah had done, only the high places were not taken away (vs. 3-4). Let me put that another way. He did what his dad had done…the good and the bad. That’s what popped off the page to me today.
Now that I have a 4-year old boy and a 1-year old girl, it’s becoming easier to see how I do much of what my dad did…both the good and the bad. Dad was a hard-worker, the kind who did hard labor to provide for his family. That’s a great quality that I gained from him. Dad was also the gruff, blue-collar, coal-miner who was basically a big grouch. There wasn’t much emotion shown except anger. He wasn’t abusive or anything, but he was impatient and grouchy.
Now, here I am with a little boy and a girl, and I notice that I am an impatient grouch a lot of the time. Though I am a deeply emotional guy on the inside (I’m like a teenage girl when it comes to sensitivity and emotion), I’m beginning to notice that the emotion of anger is often the only emotion that I express.
As I read this today, I was reminded that I am going to pass on some character traits to Sawyer and Millie, both good and bad. Also, they are going to notice the things I model to them when it comes to my walk with the Lord. They’ll see me walk with the Lord just like Azariah saw from Amaziah. They’ll also see the “high places” that I let remain in my life.
All this leads me to a prayer of application for my life today.
“Lord, help me to be extra aware of the traits that I pass on to my kids and any of my disciples…both the good and the bad. Help me to champion the good stuff and work towards eliminating the bad stuff that I leave behind.”
I know that all this isn’t necessarily the point of 2 Kings 15, but the Lord used it to teach me some applicable things today.
Posted by: Rich Duffield