Day 135: Aren’t You Thankful? (2 Kings 12-14, John 5:25-47)

Ever had a day where things went terribly awry? Jehoahaz, king of Israel, had one of those days. His army was decimated and his resources left in terrible disarray. Jehoahaz failed to follow God’s commands to destroy the high places of idol worship; so, he had to face the consequences. But, grace. God wasn’t finished with Israel just because of the mistakes of their king.

“Hazael, Aram’s king, persecuted and abused the Israelites all during Jehoahaz’s reign. But the Eternal One was gracious and compassionate toward them. He was good and turned his face to them because of the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Eternal, true to His promise, had protected them and remained near them until now.” -2 Kings 13:22-23

God’s faithfulness toward the Israelites carried all the way until the time of Jesus, through good kings and bad kings, times of war and times of peace—God was faithful.

Through all the death (and 2 Kings certainly has a lot of death), God’s ultimate goal was LIFE. Jesus was the manifestation of that goal’s completeness and the way to eternal life. The end of John 5 dictates Jesus’s mission and the testimonies of His full authority:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” -John 5:24-25

Even on our difficult days, we have the promise that Jesus has overcome death and came to this earth to bring us life.

In what ways can you remind yourself of God’s grace and life on rough days?

Which of God’s promises bring you the most hope? Write those down and stick them in a place that is easy to see!

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