Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 21
The biggest takeaway from this passage is that sin always brings consequences. Jehoram had a great father and grandfather who led the nation of Israel in the right way. They were godly men who did right in the eyes of God, but Jehoram was not like that. We see in our passage that he is greedy and definitely fearful. He killed off all his brothers because he did not want them to overtake his throne. Because of Jehoram’s great wickedness, there are great consequences for him. Elijah prophecies what is going to happen to Jehoram (v. 14-15), and it is not good. And exactly what Elijah prophesies is what comes true. Nations come and take everything and Jehoram dies after suffering for 2 years. Jehoram wanted to be a king and thought he could do it with his own power, only to lose everything he wanted because of his wickedness.
Sin always brings consequences. They might not be earthly consequences, but it will definitely be spiritual consequences. A famous question is, “Why do the wicked prosper?” And while we do not have the complete answer, we do know that the wicked do not prosper forever. They might achieve earthly gain, but wickedness cannot stand in the presence of God.
For you, what sin or sins do you need to get rid of? This could be something new or something you have been struggling with for a while. Whatever it is, how can you get it out of your life?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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