Daily Reading – 2 Kings 20-22 / John 13:18-38
2 Kings 21:9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
Trouble seems to always be waiting right around the corner. Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of others troubles. While, it’s good to help someone, we must be mindful not to get ourselves into the same trouble we’re trying to help them out of. Too often we invite trouble into our lives. In the Disney movie, The Lion King, Mufasa, the father lion tells his son; “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.” There’s always trouble out there, that doesn’t mean we have to go looking for it. Jesus warned of trouble in Matthew 6:34 when He said; “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Someone once said, “Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.” That is just a clever way of saying, if you see trouble, run the other way. Stay away from trouble.
Hezekiah was a King who worshipped God. His son, Manasseh, who followed him as King of Judah, had to have seen his dad’s faith in God. He knew of the captivity of Israel for not obeying God. He knew his dad had destroyed all the false god’s he rebuilt. Even the Children of Israel around him had to know this wasn’t right. Yet his sinful heart decided to do things his own way. Doing so is just inviting trouble. When you invite trouble in, trouble always accepts the invitation.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
Some troubles of life cannot be avoided. In John 16:33 Jesus said; “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus didn’t say there would be no trouble, just that he is bigger than you biggest trouble.
Will you trust Him?
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