2 Kings 3 & 4
2 Kings 3 & 4:
Sacrificing our children
Chapter 3.27, speaking about the king of Moab, says:
“Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the wall …”
What an unbelievable response to apparent defeat in battle!
The devil may be less obvious today, but no less demanding and the results are the same. Sadly, many children are being sacrificed today to their parents’ gods of drugs and alcohol, sexual immorality and personal gain. These gods demand their loyalty, and then they don’t even deliver what they promise.
Pray that, “God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” And keep offering the “salt” and the “light.”
Declare His wondrous works
When others attack you, instead of defending yourself, keep your eyes on Him. Verses 17-18:
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
Whether we are young or old we are to be about our Father’s business—declaring His wondrous works and His strength and power to those around us and to the next generation!
The cost of laziness
“A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things” (NLT). Proverbs has much to say about laziness. This verse says a lazy person is closely related to someone who is destructive. The lazy person destroys opportunities and wastes precious resources—not the least of which is time.
The Lord’s prayer
Here in this chapter Jesus prayed for his disciples and for those of us who would come to saving faith through the teachings of Scripture, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word …”
Go back and study John 17. Meditate on His prayer for us—for you. Among other things He prayed that we would have the joy of the Lord, that we would be sanctified and set apart for Himself, that we would be one in Christ, and that we would behold His glory!
What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:
Is there any area where you have failed to keep your eyes on Him and to declare His wondrous works?
How and when does laziness show up in your life? In the physical area? Is it with mental pursuits? Or maybe with spiritual things? How does God want you to change? Pray and ask for His help to do all He’s called you to do.
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