5/16 God's Judgments

King James Daily Bible Study Devotional
Message Title: God's Judgments
Date: Wednesday May 16,2012Today's Chapters: 2 Chronicles 25-28

Hello My Friend,
All throughout the Old Testament we learn of how blessed people were, whether Jew or stranger, when they followed God with all their heart. We also learn of the judgments placed upon the people for not following God with all their heart. The thing was not that they sinned, everyone sins, it was that they were too proud to admit that they sinned and seek forgiveness. God knows we are going to sin and He will forgive us, but unless we confess it to Him we will suffer, it's not God who brings the suffering, we do when we rebel against His warnings. “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.” - Romans 2:9-11.

After Joash died, his son, Amaziah reigned, he walked with God, but not with a perfect heart, which means he listened to God most of the time. We learn of a time when he hired men from Israel to help him in a battle with Edom, but a prophet showed up to warn him to send them back, he also gave him a promise.
He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver. But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim. But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down. And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this. Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger. And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.” - 2 Chronicles 25:6-11.

Have you ever given hard earned money to help someone only to learn it was a waste of time? You became angry and frustrated thinking what you could have done with that money? It wasn't a waste, it was a lesson, God gives and He takes away, but when we trust Him, He gives much more than a refund, he gives us an increase as well. “
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” - 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

Uzziah was the next king who reigned, he was probably the longest reigning godly king recorded in the history of Judah and he probably would have lived longer had he not rebelled against God.
Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did. And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong. But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.” - 2 Chronicles 26:2-5,15,16.

People who refuse to serve God on His terms might as well be sticking their finger in an electrical socket because they are going to be in for a huge shock when they face His judgment. And I am not just talking about when they face Jesus, that is another story. God rather a person not serve Him at all then serve Him on their own terms. Jesus has a warning for all who are lukewarm, “
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” - Revelation 3:15-19.

The second Uzziah refused to leave he got struck with leprosy and his son, Ahaz reigned, he did evil in the sight of God, as Israel did and as a result, a civil war between Judah and Israel. “
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father: But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven. And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God? Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.” - 2 Chronicles 28:1,9-11.
If people will not be humbled by God’s judgments privately God will find public means to bring them to Him. If that does not work He did what He could and let's them deal with the consequences of their own actions. Even Christians fall and face judgment from God, but it's all a matter of getting us to be the best we can be. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” - 1 Peter 4:16-19.
Today's Psalm: 25:9 - “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Today's Proverb: 19:29 - “Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
Today's Prayer: God, Your judgments are true and just, whether they be the cause of my own actions or Yours. Everything we go through is meant to grow, strengthen, discipline, and guide us to be the best that You know we can be. Just like a parent or teacher pushes us a little bit harder to excel, so do You, Your commands and laws are not meant to keep us from living life they are meant to give us the best life we can live in a wicked and corrupt world. Lead us and guide us, help us to watch and listen for all the warning signs and to keep going through Your power and strength. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Enjoy the rest of your day/night. God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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