Today you should read: 2 Kings 19
You can’t watch a movie, watch a tv show, listen to popular music or even go about your daily activities like go to school/work without noticing how much of the world mocks God and His Word. I used to be one of those who mocked God before becoming a Christian. I’d make fun of the kids in my youth group that my parents forced me to attend and was in a music scene that did the same. God rescued me from my ignorance and poured out His grace on me for such foolishness but the culture hasn’t changed. It hasn’t changed from the early mid 90’s when I was a teen and it hasn’t changed since 2 Kings 19.
Today we read a chapter in which King Hezekiah is broken hearted for the mocking of God that he sees around him (v. 4). He also provides a great example on what us Christians should do when we see such mocking of the Savior we love around us. First he doesn’t respond in anger toward those people mocking the One True God but instead mourned for their ignorance. Anytime we see a person in the Bible tear their clothes and wear sackcloth, it’s a sign of mourning and we should be broken hearted instead of reactionary to people who mock God and His Word. Next He went to God and others who love God. In this He was reminded that God will not be mocked and justice will come for those people but it’s through Him, not us that it will come. After a prophecy from Isaiah, God sent an angel to strike down 185,000 people for their disobedience. However we also know that there has been plenty of people in the Bible that was like me and that God’s justice took place on His son for their sin of mockery and they repented and embraced the God they once mocked. Both situations were in God’s hand and choosing therefore we need to respond with humility, brokenness and trust God in how he will handle other’s sin. Out of our great love for what God has done for us, it’s easy to hate people who mock something we cherish so dearly but we need to remember that we mocked God through our actions and disobedience before He saved us as well. And if He didn’t save us we’d be in the same situation. Trust God to take care of the integrity of His name and just do your job in the great commission by being burdened for others, loving them and showing them that the God they mock loves them so much that He is willing to punish their sin by putting it on His own Son in the cross to forgive them.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. –Galatians 6:7-8
Posted by: Erik Koliser