Today you should read: 2 Kings 17:24-41
We live in a land that was founded on worshipping one God, the true God from the Bible. The very reason people came to America was for religious freedom; the ability to worship God without fear of repercussion. Similarly, the land God gave to the Israelites was founded on worshipping one God, the true God form the Bible. They were brought to that land for religious freedom as well. God brought them to a bountiful land so that they could openly and freely worship Him and be a light to those around them.
As time has passed here in America we have become a melting pot of nations, religions, and convictions. We are now a nation of people who worship many “gods” even though many would say they are “Christian,” however, we see in the lives we lead what we really worship. Likewise, the people who occupied the empty land God had given His people were of many nations, religions and convictions. They too were made to “worship the god of the land” due to lions attacking but they still, secretly, worshipped their own “gods.” They offered lip service to God but lived their lives for their own gods.
God made a promise to His people, if you obey me and follow me and worship only me then you will be secure, safe, happy and prosperous, but if you do not, you will reap judgment and destruction on your nation. It is amazing just how similar America is to today’s passage.
As we see throughout history as a nation dives deeper and deeper into sin there is always a point God says enough and takes away his hand of protection and brings in another kingdom or nation to take their place. There is a reason we see in several places that God raises up and tears down kingdoms. Daniel puts it this way:
He controls the course of world events; he deposes kings and raises up others… Daniel 2:21a
So, as we see the similarities in today’s passage and our own world let us keep in mind these three things:
1. Pray for our land
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
2. Let your light shine on others
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
3. Tell others about Jesus
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good news to everyone. Mark 16:15
Posted by: Robbie Byrd