July 28, 2015
In today’s QT, Jehoahaz who succeeded Josiah is also killed by Pharaoh Neco after just 3 months of reign. Then another son of Josiah, Elliakim is made king by Neco, then is renamed Jehoahaz by Neco. He had to pay Neco a lot of money from tax collected from his people. Then, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded for 3 years, after which he rebelled. Then the LORD sent the Babylonians, Arabians, Moabites, and Ammonites to Judah and destroyed Judah. All of this was because of sins of Manasseh and all he had done.
It’s pretty to see Judah get destroyed. I think it’s easy to question non-believers to look at this and ask why would a loving God do this to his people? Can’t HE just forgive them? There are couple things to keep in though in that it’s ultimately unto HIM to do as HE however HE wishes. HE has the right to do so as creator, and we do not even have the right to question as creations. But God is good and loving, and so HE sent his only son Jesus to save us from HIMSELF. Disasters still fall on today’s time though, both at a personal level, and at a global level. No one know exactly or fully understands exacts what God does, but when disasters fall, it’s a good time to look back and see if God is trying to discipline.
I pray that I don’t end with the same fate, and I actually won’t thanks to Jesus, but my sins, my weaknesses, can still bring disaster onto me. Only way is to stay awake. Today, I almost did not start my day with QT today, and I may have lived today on my own, but thank God that I wasn’t so foolish, and that I’m a little more awake now then before doing QT.
Application: pray at 3pm for 20 minutes