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July 22nd, 2015

Run to the Lord

“In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the LORD–this same King Ahaz. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.” 2 Chronicles 28:22-23 (ESV)

When tough times come into our lives, we have a choice: we can either run to the Lord or run from Him. For Ahaz, instead of repenting before the Lord and begging for His favor over Judah after being defeated by the army from Damascus, He instead began worshiping their gods, seeing his defeat as the work of the hands of greater gods instead of judgment from the one, true God of Israel. He failed to learn the lesson God was trying to teach him in this difficult time, and, as a result, led the people of God astray toward a path of impending destruction.

When bad things happen in your life, how do you react? Do you see these moments as opportunities for you to know the Lord more, experiencing His grace and peace in ways that you possibly never would have otherwise? Or do you feel the need to punish God for allowing this event to come into your life by “robbing” Him of your worship and giving it to some other created thing?

Allow moments of trouble and testing to be moments to learn more about God. Run to Him, not from Him. See that He is our present help in a time of trouble. Taste and see that He is good.

In tough moments, our true faith is revealed. How will you respond?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Chronicles, Repentance, Tribulation.
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July 22nd, 2012

Run to the Lord

“In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the LORD–this same King Ahaz. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.” 2 Chronicles 28:22-23 (ESV)

When tough times come into our lives, we have a choice: we can either run to the Lord or run from Him. For Ahaz, instead of repenting before the Lord and begging for His favor over Judah after being defeated by the army from Damascus, He instead began worshiping their gods, seeing his defeat as the work of the hands of greater gods instead of judgment from the one, true God of Israel. He failed to learn the lesson God was trying to teach him in this difficult time, and, as a result, led the people of God astray toward a path of impending destruction.

When bad things happen in your life, how do you react? Do you see these moments as opportunities for you to know the Lord more, experiencing His grace and peace in ways that you possibly never would have otherwise? Or do you feel the need to punish God for allowing this event to come into your life by “robbing” Him of your worship and giving it to some other created thing?

Allow moments of trouble and testing to be moments to learn more about God. Run to Him, not from Him. See that He is our present help in a time of trouble. Taste and see that He is good.

In tough moments, our true faith is revealed. How will you respond?

 

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 196:  2 Kings 16-17; 2 Chronicles 28)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Chronicles, Repentance, Tribulation.
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