Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 23 Scripture Selection: II Kings 22-25
Food for Thought: II Kings 23:33-35; 24:11-17; 25:8, 9
When will people figure out that sin and rebellion are costly and painful?! Now that Christ has paid the price for our sins, it is not God Who is inflicting such pain, but sin itself comes with its own harsh consequences. “The wages of sin is death,” as the Word says (Rom. 6:23). It may be spiritual death, but it may also be physical. It could also bring about the death of a relationship, the death of financial stability; the death of peace; the death of a dream—or all of the above! Sin, while at the time may seem pleasurable, eventually really hurts and comes at a great cost. And, unfortunately, it affects others.
Notice how many times the Jews belligerently rebelled against God and suffered for it. But notice, too, that someone always emerged who spoke up and turned from those wicked ways. There is always an opportunity to repent. (Repent means to turn and go another direction.)
There may be some today who desire to put an end to the needless, expensive suffering and call out to the Lord. He desires that we all have life, and have it in abundance (John 10:10), so anyone who desires to turn their back on the old ways can just reach out to His extended hand and ask for help. In order to do that, you just have to release the old life and receive the new one in Christ (See Rom. 6:4).
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):