Yet the LORD warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets." However, they did not listen, but stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God. They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the LORD had commanded them not to do like them. 2 Kings 17:13-15
Hello friends! I have had such a wonderful birthday getaway with my lovely husband and then so much activity that I haven't written. I'm back! I thought I'd post a picture of our away time. It was refreshing to be with Craig for a couple days.
I'm reading through the Kings and today my reading struck me as a sad commentary on Israel, on people really. God is compassionate in sending warnings to His people. He is compassionate and gracious.
How do the people respond?
They do not listen…
stiffen their necks…
did not believe…
rejected His statutes and covenants…
followed vanity and became vain.
It’s happening today. People have the same response to a longsuffering God.
What should we do then?
Listen to God!
Respond to Him instead of stiffening our necks.
Believe Him and His word.
Accept what He says!
A person becomes like what he follows. Follow emptiness and become empty. That does not sound appealing to me. Such a huge warning! I'd rather follow the Lord. This verse comes to mind.
If anyone serves me, he must follow me;
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!