A Devotion Based On 2 Kings 23:1-27, 31-37; 24:1-20

The Bible passage that we read today is about the Kingdom of Judah who have to face the consequences of their sins. They are God’s chosen people who turned their backs against God. They were worshiping false gods and behaving in ways that were not appropriate with their identity as God’s people. King Josiah then started a spiritual renewal in his era (2 Kings 23:1-3). His father, King Manasseh was an evil king.

Praise God that Josiah didn’t follow the footstep of his father. Eighteen years after he first took the throne, a high priest named Hilkiah reported to King Josiah that he found the book of the Law. And after Josiah heard what was written in that book, he realized that as a nation, they need to repent. Josiah led a nationwide spiritual renewal. As a result, all citizens committed themselves to God’s covenant.

However, the Bible told us that even though God appreciates the repentance, Judah will still have to face the consequences of their sins in the past (2 Kings 23:26-27).

Moreover, after Josiah passed away, the kings after him didn’t follow his path. They rebelled against God. And if you read the next two chapters of the book, which are the final chapters of the book, you will see the fulfillment of God’s plan. Judah Kingdom finally fell into the hands of Babylonia.

Just because God allows us to face the consequences from our sins, mistakes, and bad decisions in the past, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love us. Every covenant (or agreement) has terms and conditions. And if we break the terms and conditions, then we also have to face the consequences. Therefore, please think carefully before you do or decide. Yes, our God is merciful, but our God is also just. In other words, he will forgive but we sometimes still need to face the consequences.