Today: Psalms 84:8-12; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Kings 24:8-20; 2 Kings 25
“Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10
Many people think that following God means a boring life. But actually I find it to be the most exciting adventure. Many would rather “dwell in the tents of the wicked.” They think those tents are more fun. They think physical prizes are better than eternal rewards. But they are chasing after meaningless vapors and rotting corpses. Some of them are the most miserable, depressed, bitter people I’ve ever met. But they cannot perceive what wretched beings they have become as they scratch and claw after hollow idols.
But we know what is good and true. We who trust in the LORD Almighty are blessed! “No good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (v.11-12)
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Creation itself reveals the existence of God. I’ve always felt that this way. Even during times in my life when I wasn’t following God, I never doubted His existence. The complexity and perfection of creation made it seem so obvious!
Paul says that because of this, humans are “without excuse” for not seeking to know the God of the universe. There is more to the story, of course. A flower can’t really tell you details about Jesus. But I know my God, and whenever someone seeks Him, He REVEALS Himself, somehow, some way. He is more than capable of delivering His message to the seeker. We just have to SEEK!
2 Kings 24
We can get cocky when God withholds His judgment. We can start to feel as if we somehow, through our own cleverness and strength, are protecting ourselves from calamity. We disregard God’s protective hand at our own peril.
FINALLY God had enough of Judah’s wicked ways and He allowed the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem, pilfer and burn down His holy temple, and carry off the Israelites into captivity.
It is no coincidence that the final destroying enemy is Babylon, the great Satan himself. Once again, the devil raised his ugly head to destroy God’s chosen people.
And God allowed it… for now.