Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 36
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)
Today’s passage is a great example of the principal from Galatians 6:7. God consistently warned Judah to have no other God’s in there lives. Yet, time and time again Judah did what was right in their own eyes and turned from The Lord. They would do what was Evil in the sight of The Lord and God finally had enough. God allowed Judah to feel the full weight of their decision in the form of the nation of Babylon.
The first lesson I think we can take from today’s passage is God is extremely patient. If you read through the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles you see Israel and Judah continually turn to other Gods and do what is evil in the sight of The Lord. There are many years between chapter 1 of 1 Chronicles and today’s chapter. Israel and Judah had every opportunity to repent and turn from their ways and God would have forgiven them. We must understand that we are sinful and God is so gracious but do not be deceived, if we continue in our habitual sin we will taste the bitterness of the consequences. Take the opportunity to repent!
The second lesson we should take is that God’s punishment is loving. God punishes his children as a good father should. God’s perspective is eternal and he will do what it takes to get our attention even if our temporary comfort is taken away. What hurts in the short term brings peace and joy in the long term.
Are there things you have been doing that are evil in the sight of God? If so, confess and repent now and begin to let God restore your life!
Posted by: Chad Wiles