Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 28
2 Chronicles 28 is a great reminder of what happens when you try to handle things your own way. Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king (v. 1), and many of us know that we could not run a country at that age. The problem with Ahaz is that he did not follow how his father ruled. If you remember yesterday, Jotham was a great king who was faithful to God. Ahaz was the complete opposite of that. In our story, Ahaz built idols (v. 3), sacrificed his son’s (v. 3), asked help from Assyria (v. 16), and became even more faithless (v. 22). Ahaz decided to run things the way he wanted them to run, and it ultimately left him with a defeated people and a terrible reign as king. He did not seek after God and it led to many consequences in his life.
Here is what we need to know: sin always brings consequences. It may not always be an earthly consequence, but it will always be a spiritual consequence. For an unbeliever, sin continually separates that person from God. For a believer, sin hinders that relationship with God in some way. Sin has to be taken seriously because God does not allow it in His presence.
Thankfully, Jesus came to set us free from sin and ultimately cleanse us from our sin. Without Jesus, all people would deserve Hell. But thankfully, Jesus has cleansed those who have a relationship with Him.
To wrap up, do not try to handle things your own way. Lean on God for direction and wisdom. Do not make the mistake that Ahaz made. Instead, walk in humble obedience to what God is calling you to do.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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