There is a lot in the Bible about how God’s chosen people repeatedly disobeyed, at best, and completely turned their hearts against The Lord at worst. However this short passage contains the whole story. But what really breaks my heart is the truth that although it is written as history, in the past tense, it is still so desperately relevant today. Our generation has, for the most part, rejected God in favour of science and the further society moves away from faith in God the more people think it is normal to follow the example of those around them. Just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t make it right or good for you or worth anything at all. So many people have put their trust in the wisdom of science, or the perceived security of their wealth or the imaginary freedom of the individual. Society, it seems to me, is stubbornly refusing to listen to and believe in God.
2 Kings 17:13-17 NLT
Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: “Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets.” But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them. They rejected all the commands of the Lord their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the Lord’s anger.
I understand that focusing too much on the negative is no good for anyone so I hope my Goal for today is more positive. This is the line that breaks my heart the most:
They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. (from 2 Kings 17:15) I believe that God sees everyone on earth as one of his precious children. So many people I know, and millions more that I don’t, feel that they are worthless. Many of them have been told exactly that all their lives. But my goal is to spend the rest of my life telling as many of them as I can, that in realising and accepting the unconditional Love of God, all sense of worthlessness vanishes and is replaced with a real purpose for your life, true joy and the greatest sense of peace you can imagine.
2 Kings 17:1-18:12, Acts 20:1-38, Psalms 148:1-14, Proverbs 18:6-7