Monday, March 29, 2021

2 Chronicles 36:15-16 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

2 Chronicles 36:15-16

“The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.”

The writer of Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new under the sun, and after reading these verses this morning, I can’t help but think this is us! This is God speaking to His people, not foreigners or a people who don’t know Him but the people He redeemed and restored numerous times! His loving persistence and patience here are mind-blowing, but you see that eventually, enough is enough, and I can’t help but wonder how close we are to being in the same boat.

God is merciful beyond our comprehension, but He is also a just and righteous God! How long as a body of believers can we straddle the fence and play both sides? I believe the answer is until God stops trying to rescue us from our sin and starts to refine and purify us through it! His people have to humble themselves and repent! That’s me and you!!!

The end of that verse is so scary to me: “there was no remedy.” Now, we who believe in Jesus know that we can and will be forgiven for all our sins if we confess, believe, and accept Him as Lord and Savior of our lives, but we still have consequences for our actions and sometimes, the price is steep. God eventually delivers and redeems His people, but they could have avoided a lot of heart ache, pain, and turmoil had they just listened and repented!!!!

God has more love for us in His pinky than we can even fathom, but if we want to experience it fully, then we have to fully surrender to Him!

The Holy Spirit led me to end with this verse and remember that this is Jesus talking to a church, a body of believers that probably thought they had it all figured out but couldn’t be more wrong!

Revelation 3:20: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

I love you all, but God loves you way more, and He proved it by sending His Son to die for your sins and then raised Him on the third day for our justification! Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and fill your hearts with wisdom!!!

Glory, Honor, and Praise today, tomorrow, and for all eternity to Papa God, King Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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