Reading 2 Kings 11 – 13 for today…
But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz. And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast He them from His presence as yet. 2 Kings 13:23
Just like all the kings of Israel, Joash was no different. Elisha was dying and he did go to see him, and God gave him a message concerning defeating Syria. Yet, through all of that and the minor victories he may have received they still suffered oppression from the Syrians.
Even though the northern kingdom of Israel in Samaria was doing wrong in the eyes of the LORD, yet He was gracious and compassionate to them. It was due to the covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob so many years before. God does not fail or falter in His word.
I have fallen and failed in many things. I have taken many a detour away from God’s path, God’s way for me; yet, He is faithful in His grace and compassion toward me. I am sure there are many Christians who could testify to that same thing. God is faithful, and He will never fail us. He will never let us down. He is fulfilling His word and will in our lives even as I write this devotion today.
We can know, when we are His, that He will not let us go. Jesus even prayed for us in His Prayer,
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24
and Jesus also said,
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29
All because the LORD is gracious and compassionate, and stands by His word. Because of His love for us He gave us His Son in death, burial, resurrection. Our Savior’s name is Jesus the Christ.