Read 2 Kings 14
Focus on verse 27
In 2 Kings we are now more than a few generations removed from King David, yet the Lord continues to withhold His wrath upon the wayward kings of Israel because of His word to David in regard to the throne being established in His lineage. Throughout Israel’s history we see examples such as this one of how the Lord is faithful to His promise in spite of human unfaithfulness to ours.
We tend to assume that the Lord’s love for us is based upon our obedience or worse yet, our performance. Events such as this in the history of Israel seem to attempt to convince us that this is not so, but that God’s love is based entirely upon His word, and His character, rather than ours. For some of us this can be hard to accept, because it is not something we have earned, and it leaves us indebted to God. When we examine this more closely we realize that the root cause of our resistance to accepting God’s unreserved love is our pride. We do not like to feel like we owe God anything, when in fact, whether we admit it or not, we already owe him everything.