PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Kings 15-16
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God.” (2 Kings 16:2)
As followers of Jesus, we are committed to doing what he did.
We believe that Jesus did what was right in the eyes of God.
We see his devotion and his compassion, and his willingness to die for others.
His love and sacrifice for us and the world inspires us, and makes us want to do the same.
Ahaz was inspired as well, but not by the one he was following (David).
He was inspired by the nations, driven by devotion to self and personal passion.
Instead of sacrificing himself for his people, he sacrificed his son for himself.
Ahaz was not committed to doing what was right, but what was advantageous.
These two chapters challenge me to consider what motivates me.
Am I committed to doing the right thing, even if it is not easy or nice?
Am I devoted to serving God and other, even if it means self-sacrifice.
It is not possible to perfectly follow Jesus in doing what is right.
But grace makes it possible to want it and aim for it with his help.
Through grace I am forgiven; through grace I am also helped to change!
Lord, I do not want my life to lean towards Ahaz, I want my life to lean towards you. I am comforted by your grace, may I be compelled by it too!