God’s love never fails; His word never fails.
This is one of those peculiar passages of scripture where the reader is often perplexed by the response of the man of God. Numerous sermons share the same view; to equally condemn the lack of discernment and zeal in King Joash to smash the bow to smithereens or until Elisha told him to stop.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph 4:32
How often are we quick to judge the lack of foresight or discipline in others when they fail to live up to an expectation we have of them? How many souls have we brought to Christ and then are disappointed when they fail to share our zeal for all things of the kingdom, or even when fellow believers fail to live up to our standards.
The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. Ps 145:8 NLT
Rather than dwell on what is missed let us recall that the God we serve is true, the God we serve is just, the God we serve is compassionate and above all else the God we serve is merciful.
So when we look at the world and all its misdeeds, feint not. If we look at our lives and feel somewhere in our past we coulda, shoulda done this or that, let it go to God. If we look to the church and its leaders and feel it is lacking, look to ourselves.
In Isaiah 45:23 God said ‘I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me.’ (NLT)
When the appearance of ‘falling’ presents itself, let us exercise patience and compassion in our zeal, ‘And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow’ 1 Thess 3:12
Lord, open my heart that I may see beyond the appearance of faithlessness. Help me to admonish in love and be an example of your compassion and mercy, in Christ Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Orode Faka of @theLAfamily