God uses the ungodly

“Although the Aramean army had come with only a few men, the Lord delivered into their hands a much larger army.  Because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, judgment was executed on Joash.” 2 Chronicles 24:24.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 24, and 1 Timothy 6.

Believers are not immune with punishment from God.

The Old Testament is filled with stories of God’s people getting punished.  Also detailed are the reasons that God is angry with them.

The New Testament is different.  The issues are individual.  There is no collective guilt or collective punishment.  Our dealings are with God on our own.

Today’s verse is from the OT, so the “group” thing kicks in.  God uses a small enemy army to overwhelm the forces of Judah.  God allows the “bad” guys to defeat the “good” guys.

God’s people are not immune from disasters at the hands of the godless.  God uses what He will.  Our task is to avoid His wrath by doing what He wants us to do.

Even our “goodness” doesn’t immune us from bad things happening to us.  The comfort for us is that when we are living in obedience to Him we have His empathy available to enable us to endure to the end.

“Lord, I want to be clean in Your sight.  I want to please You in all things.  Forgive me for words and deeds that certainly displeased You today.  I know better.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  Direct my path.”

I must be in a close relationship to God at all times.

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