Do you ever wonder where God is when you’re in a trial, being mistreated, or waiting for an answer to prayer? Though it sometimes doesn’t seem so to us, God is always in control and His timing is always right.
2 Kings 25
What’s Up with God’s Timing?
Where Is God?
God is always near and always in control! Always! But often we wonder, “Where is God? Doesn’t He know what’s going on here?” Yet He says:
“When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly” (v. 2).
Think about that. He has all the facts. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows what each of us needs to help conform us to the image of Christ, and … He chooses the proper time.
Today’s Other Readings:
Mercy Even in Judgment
2 Kings 25:
The book of 2 Kings ends, sadly, with the complete destruction of Jerusalem and the people being carried off captive to Babylon. This was God’s judgment for their continued rebellion as a nation. But the last few verses contain a picture of God’s mercy and faithfulness.
Jehoiachin, David’s descendant, had been preserved in prison in Babylon, while a figurehead king, Zedekiah, was set up in Jerusalem. Zedekiah eventually rebelled and was put to death.
Verses 27-30, “Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. He spoke kindly to him, and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life. And as for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.”
God had faithfully kept His promise to David to preserve his seed, but He was also continuing to work His plan to bring through that seed the promised Messiah and the King who would rule forever.
And no matter how things look in our lives, we need to remember that God is never absent from what is going on. If we stay faithful to God, He will provide the things we need and fulfill His purposes in our lives.
A False Witness
Verse 5, “A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who speaks lies will not escape.”
This statement is repeated almost verbatim in verse 9.
When God says something once, we need to pay attention, when He says it twice, He wants to be sure we get it.
Again, if someone has lied about you or falsely accused you, God will deal with it, make no mistake! But He chooses the proper time, the method, and the degree.
Not Even Miracles
When God healed the lame man, the people were amazed at the miracle they had witnessed, but notice, just seeing and acknowledging God’s mighty works doesn’t necessarily mean a person is, or even will be, saved. While it may prepare the heart for the gospel, there still needs to be a personal acknowledgment of sin (Acts 3.13), repentance (Acts 3.19), and a receiving of Christ as Savior.
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