28th May – 2 Chronicles 26-28

2 Chronicles

26:1-28:27 – We must not take God’s blessing for granted. King Uzziah began well – ‘He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord… He set himself to seek God’ (26:4-5). Things went wrong – ‘When he was strong he grew proud’ and ‘he was false to the Lord his God’ (26:16). We must choose to live the Lord’s way – King Jotham ‘did what was right in the eyes of the Lord’. Even when we do this, it does not guarantee that others will follow our example – ‘the people still followed corrupt practices’ (27:2). In times of trouble, we can become bitter people – ‘In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord’ – or better people – ‘the God of all comfort … comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble…’ (28:22; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Bitter or better – Which will it be?

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