Reading: 2 Kings 14:23-29
“And because the Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel completely, he used Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash, to save them.” – 2 Kings 14:27
It’s not always easy to trust God. It’s not always an easy thing to even believe in Him sometimes. It’s especially difficult when we feel alone and abandoned; when we feel like God is late or has even turned against us. We’ve all been there at one point in time. I’ve definitely been there. More than once. Our tendency when we’re in this place is to say, “Fine! I’ll do it myself! I don’t need You anyway!” We feel like, sometimes, the only way to see justice for our case is to admit that God has failed us and move on. Don’t do that. He hasn’t failed you. He hasn’t abandoned you.
We see in this specific passage that God’s actions were based solely on His promise. Not on the righteousness (or lack thereof) of a single person. Not on anything except for being faithful to the promise He made to the Israelites. That’s why God acted. Because He made a promise.
This reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures. It’s Hebrews 10:23 and it says,
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”
Remember that one phrase, “God can be trusted to keep his promise.” It might not seem like it now. He might seem distant. He might even seem hypocritical. Trust me. I know that feeling. But I’m sure you can also remember a time when it didn’t feel that way. Stop right now and think about that time. Hold on to it. Sometimes that’s the only hope we can have in difficult times. To simply remember the faithfulness of God can be the unwavering hope that we cling to until we see it again.
It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are. It doesn’t matter how alone you might feel. God hasn’t abandoned you. He is right there with you and He will keep His promises.
Hold tightly to that hope and trust Him.
Lord, help me to see Your faithfulness. Help me settle in to Your promises and not forget the things You’ve done for me in the past. Let those times be reminders of how faithful You are and continue to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.