And So It Was

2 Kings 15 is a fast moving chapter full of conspiracy and chaos.

In just 38 verses it covers 7 kings, 5 of which come and go in the course of 30 years!

It seems every time you turn around another king has been assassinated and to make matters worse Assyria is breathing down their necks, even taking some of the Israelites into exile.

Things are rapidly careening out of control. 

Or are they?

Observe 2 Kings 15:12 – “This is the word of the LORD which He spoke to Jehu, saying, ‘Your sons to the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.’ And so it was.”

Recall back in 2 Kings 10:30 the Lord promised Jehu a dynasty that would last 4 generations “Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart.”

With the passing of Zechariah the Lord has been true to His Word.

In fact, notice the end of 2 Kings 15:12 again – “And so it was.”

Is that not a wonderful truth?

God promised Jehu a 4 generation dynasty “and so it was.”

It is the same Hebrew phrase we find repeated in Genesis 1:7, 9, 11, 15, 24, 31.

Contrary to the rag-tag appearance of history, the Word of God rules.

The Word of God is directing history.

The Word of God is controlling history.

It could be no other way.

What God speaks comes into being and remains that way.

This is made all the more remarkable when we consider what kind of man Zechariah was.

2 Kings 15:9 records “He did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done…”

In spite of this, God is faithful to his Word.

Thus, contrary to all appearances, the world is not out of control.

There is order to the chaos.

God’s Word still abides.

God’s Word is still controlling history.

Anchor your heart and mind on the sure and steadfast promises of God’s Word.

Or as Scotty Smith says it in his “A Prayer about Being Claimed by God’s Promises” – “We don’t claim your [God] promises, they claim us! If we’re going to ‘name and claim’ anything, may it be to have greater passion for your glory. May our ‘standing on your promises’ lead to living under your authority and serving well in your kingdom until Jesus returns.”

Luke 21:33 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

And so it was and so it will be!

 

 

 

 

A Prayer About Hearty Gospel-Saturated Service

This is a wonderful prayer by Scotty Smith. Read it slowly, let it convict and encourage you, and then make it your own prayer:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Dear Lord Jesus, I begin this day profoundly grateful for your relentless, never-ceasing work in my heart. You never sleep… you never slumber… you don’t just give me sleep, you give to me in my sleep. You’re the only reason one Day I’ll be as lovely and as loving as you. O, the hope this gives me—the invigorating, liberating, consecrating hope this generates deep within my soul…

It’s why this admonition from Paul feels more like a kiss than a kick today. I want to work more heartily at all things because of your finished work on the cross… your present work in the world… and your future work in the new heaven and new earth—where as the Lamb, you’ll shepherd us and lead us to springs of living water. (Revelation 7:17). No one will ever out-serve you, Lord Jesus.

Therefore, here’s my cry. Continue to free me from doing anything for the approval of people… out of the fear of people… or to gain power over people. I work for you, Lord Jesus, not for mere men.

Free me for doing all things as unto you. Loving my wife without manipulation… doing my job without self-congradulation… serving your people without unrealistic expectations… to name a few.

How I praise you, Lord Jesus, that the gospel is the end of any sense of a wage-earning relationship with God. I work for you because you first worked for me (what a humbling, staggering and astonishing truth). I serve you, because you ever live to serve me, as my Advocate and Intercessor. Indeed, I love you because you first loved me and gave yourself as a propitiation for my sins. You are always first and last—the Alpha and the Omega.

I’ll receive an inheritance only because of your work, not mine. And should I receive any rewards or crowns, they will be thrown at your feet, giving credit, where credit is due. So very Amen, I pray, in your quintessentially glorious name.