July 15, 2022
The word "because" denotes cause and effect. “It fell because you threw it in the air. It fell because of the law of gravity.”
As with the physical world, there are causes and effects in the spiritual realm. If we don’t understand this truth, we can misunderstand why certain things are happening.
THE REASONS FOR GOD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT
2 Kings 17 records a long list of wicked kings and the corresponding judgment of God, which ultimately led to captivity in Assyria. It was cause and effect.
Now this came about because … (2 Kings 17:7)
… and then the Scripture gives 18 reasons for their captivity.
When you see the list in its entirety, you realize that God had to bring judgment. He could not ignore that which wicked men were leading His nation to do.
What was the response from God to this blatant, unceasing, unrepentant sin?
We are not immune. We think our nation is above God’s judgment, but it is not. You can ignore God’s mercy and grace and warnings only for so long. God sees everything, and everything is ultimately dealt with by God. A sobering thought.
Father, make our hearts tender to Your voice. Let us hear You and respond with humble obedience. Let us understand that Your way is always best, and You love to take care of Your children if they follow You! But let us also remember that our disobedience cannot be ignored if we lead generations to ignore You.
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