(Today's post by Chris Queen)
2 Kings 13-14
I have to confess that sometimes I get a little bored reading 1 & 2 Kings. Sometimes the chapters and stories start to blend together and all sound the same. “So-and-so did evil in the eyes of the Lord” or “So-and-so did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father David had done.” Between the hard to pronounce names and the constant battles – kind of like the Middle East today – there’s a certain sameness to these chapters that can make them feel dry when there’s not a different or exciting story in the middle of them.
That’s where I was looking at 2 Kings 13 & 14 as I was preparing to write this week. My first couple of times reading through these chapters, nothing really stood out. Then, when I literally sat down to read it one last time before writing (because we all know there’s nothing like the last minute), two verses at the end of chapter 14 jumped out at me:
26 The Lord had seen how bitterly everyone in Israel, whether slave or free, was suffering; there was no one to help them. 27 And since the Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash.
Now, just a couple of verses before that passage, we’re told that King Jeroboam II “did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit.” Even though Jeroboam II was an evil king, like his namesake, God used him to keep His promise to His people.
I think it’s pretty remarkable that God can use people, places, and scenarios to accomplish the promises He makes to those who love him. He keeps those promises no matter what it takes to do so. 2 Peter 9 tells us that, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.” That’s so encouraging to remember!
My takeaway from this is simply the encouragement of knowing that our God keeps his promises. Even when we’re in difficult situations, the promises of God are always valid. And sometimes He chooses unusual ways to fulfill those promises. So rest in the knowledge that the God you love and follow is one who keeps the promises He makes.