Tuesday – September 19, 2023

2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 71; 2 Corinthians 3

By Pastor Brandon Cook

He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. (2 Kings 21:2)

We live in the most technologically advanced civilization yet to exist. We have access to hundreds/thousands of years of human history, knowledge and experience at the touch of our fingers and we carry it around in our pocket or purse.

And yet, we somehow still manage to make the same mistakes that mankind has been making in relation to each other and God.

In our 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles 33 reading we find people in positions of leadership – “doing evil in the LORD’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations...” As you would expect, this ultimately led to their destruction. That’s a pretty easy assumption because even today, we recognize it as a theme repeated throughout human history.

AND YET, here we are. All the information, all the data, all the real-life examples — and yet, here we are — you and I — us — making the same mistakes, turning our back on God. Going our own way. Doing things contrary to God’s design and will for our lives.

Let’s start today doing something profoundly difficult. STOP IT.

Whatever your sin is (or in my case sins are) let’s stop it. Start the habit of spending time with God, rather than scrolling on your phone. Spending time with your family, instead of watching TV. Let’s make the decision, to invest our lives in the things of God – the things that matter – rather than repeating the same patterns over again.

I’m pulling for you, because we’re all in this together.