Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 25
Key Verse: 2 Kings 25:10
And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls of Jerusalem all around.
This was a day of judgment. The capital city, the symbol of the nation, was destroyed by Babylon (modern Iraq). Things had never looked worse for God’s chosen people. Earlier they had been forcefully removed from the northern areas, and now from Jerusalem itself. What of God’s promises now? What of the prophesies of the great future ruler who would reign forever, the Messiah, the Son of David? Our circumstances may not look as bad as they did for the captive Israelites. However, there may be times when our lives appear to have been destroyed, and God’s promises sounded empty. Look ahead. Israel was restored under leaders such as Ezra and Nehemiah. The Temple and the walls were built again. The people of God came to know a long period of peace and prosperity. Greatest of all is that in the course of time, just five miles south of Jerusalem, in the city of David, Bethlehem, the Messiah Jesus was born. He is a Deliverer greater than all the prophets imagined.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, fill me each day with the joy that comes from knowing that the darkness and despair that may seem to be all around is only temporary. Please help me to look to the eternal reality of Your plans for my future. Plans that are greater than anything I could imagine. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Paul spent two years in Ephesus preaching the Good News of Jesus and establishing the church. Now he writes back to these people who are so precious to him. What joyful assurance he brings his loved ones. This is powerful teaching. I pray for staying power of each reader. I call it sanctified stubbornness, the steel up each backbone which will never bend to the pressures of daily life that might steal away the great blessings which God has for us.