This week we read in 2 Kings about the fall of the nation of Israel, despite many years of warnings from the Lord to turn back to His word and to His ways. What a heartbreaking time this must have been for the entire nation. To be overtaken by their enemies, when the Lord Almighty had promised victory over them. This was the result of small choices they made over a long period of time, that caught them unaware, and ultimately, lead to their overtaking.

The people of Israel had also secretly done many things that were not pleasing to the Lord their God. They built pagan shrines for themselves in all their towns, from the smallest outpost to the largest walled city.
‭2 Kings‬ ‭17‬:‭9‬

We also read in Psalm 44, 75, about how our hearts maybe broken over our sin, we may have regrets about past decisions, and we may feel like all hope is lost, but the Lord is able to move mightily on our behalf, and bring hope.

We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭75:1‬ ‭

In second Kings chapter 19, we read of King Hezekiah, who was raised up by the Lord. At age 25, Hezekiah realized the folly of his nation, and that the reason for their current state, was because they had left the Word of the Lord. He commanded his workers to find the scrolls that contained God’s living Word, and to read it for all the people. It was then that the people’s hearts turn towards the Lord, and we see the beginnings of a return to the Lord.

So too, with our lives, if and when we realize we have been far from the Lord, all we need to do is confess our sin, and return to his word. It’s in His Word that we find life, John 10:10. It’s in His Word that we find hope, Psalm 119:49.

-Kate Chappell-