One of the saddest things for me to see in people bad choices that result in life hardships. I honestly don’t understand sometimes how people are unable to see the long-term consequences of their actions. That’s why it’s so incredible that these kings of Israel and Judah could stray so far away from God’s plan for the nation. Couldn’t they see the end of the road they were walking down? It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that turning away from God will have not bode well for the future. What saddens me most is that these people, God’s chosen, people did “more evil than the nations had done whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel,” (21:9). How is that possible? They went off the deep end with sin, and they didn’t even recognize it. That’s just scary because the reality is that the same could happen to you and to me! We need to be watchful and careful so that we don’t fall into a similar situation to that of the people of Judah.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.