Monday, April 29, 2013
DON'T FORGET (2 Kings 6)
But I'm going to meditate on the one time God spoke up in these two chapters.
About this Temple you are building--what's important is that you live the way I've set out for you
A positive encouragement to behave like he should. I believe I work better with positive reinforcement. Yell at me the way Gordon Ramsey or Robert Irvine do hapless chefs, and I wilt. So God's practice of always warning people, "Don't! Stop! You're going to be punished!" always strikes me (let's be honest) as a little off.
This time God promised--if you do as you're supposed to, I'll repeat the promise I made to your father to you.
Solomon started off well, but let his wives (he had an even worse problem than his father did) lead him astray, introducing idol worship for their use. That's a later chapter, but knowing what lies ahead, I wince as I read this verse.
David remained a man after God's own heart until the very end.
His son failed the test.
Even more heartbreaking--his failure affected the entire nation. God would
How would I respond if put to a similar test? I doubt I would do much better than Solomon did, given my track record with such minor challenges.
The lesson is familiar, but important none the less. It doesn't matter what church you attend or how many Bibles you own or whether you wear a cross. A heart attune to God, His word and His will, is what puts on you on the right road.