Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 28
One of the things that Sarah and I are trying to teach our son Titus right now is that his decisions have consequences. If he makes a choice to obey his mommy and daddy when we ask him to do something then the consequences are very different than if he chooses to be disobedient and do what he wants to do. But, either way there are consequences to his actions. Likewise, for all of us our decisions have consequences. If we choose to be obedient to The Lord and seek to live our lives for Him; the consequences are very different than if we are disobedient and choose to go our own way. Either way there are consequences to our actions. I realize that there’s nothing extremely profound or earth shattering about that truth. But, how many times do we live selfish lives and blatantly choose to live in sin over living for Christ and expect to be close to God and for Him to bless the decisions we make? The reality is, if we aren’t careful the consequences of our sinful actions will lead us into more sin and further and further from God.
In our passage today read about king Ahaz. Scripture tells us that he was an evil king who led Judah further and further from God during his sixteen year reign. The thing about Ahaz that struck me the most when I read this passage was that the decisions he made to turn his back on The Lord and worship idols led to a string of other sinful decisions that ultimately lead to his downfall.
Even when Judah was being attacked and Ahaz had the opportunity to repent and turn back to God he didn’t. Instead he turned to everyone and everything but God for help.
16 At that time King Ahaz sent to the kings[a] of Assyria for help.21 Ahaz took some of the things from the temple of the Lord and from the royal palace and from the officials and presented them to the king of Assyria, but that did not help him.22 In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord. 23 He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.
There are some very important applications each of us can take away from this account of Ahaz today:
1. Your decisions, whether you choose to go your own way or God’s way, will have major consequences in the outcome of your life and your family.
2. When God reveals an idol in your life, turn it over to God immediately! God gives us opportunities to repent and turn back to Him and we need to take them!
3. Trying to fix your problems on your own or reaching out to anyone or anything other than God will not work. Only Christ can restore and renew the broken pieces of our lives.
Posted by: Matt Mofield