Scripture: 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jotham, son of Uzziah, became King of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem for sixteen years. He did what was right in God’s eyes, but he did not enter the temple of the Lord; and, the people still continued their corrupt practices. As Isaiah began this Book of the Bible by bringing a message of divine judgment for Israel and Judah, he also speaks of in a time of great darkness, God bringing Jesus into the world to shine a light onto all darkness. He speaks of the Lord’s anger against Israel, God’s judgment on Assyria, the remnant of Israel, the branch from Jesse, and songs of praise. Follow along in 2 Chronicles 27 and Isaiah 9-12!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
In times of great darkness, God promised to send a “light” into the world to bring people out of their darkness. God sent His only son to deliver all of us from the slavery of our sins. Pride had made Israel believe that it would recover and rebuild by its own strength, when, really, the people needed God more than anything. God does not like pride or trust in ourselves because it cuts off our contact with Him. God is still in control today, and we can have complete security knowing that fact in this fallen and rapidly-changing world. The Bible is constantly pointing out that we must have complete faith in our All-Mighty God. Also, we must treat others how God would treat them, turning to them and offering the help that they may need. We are to be constantly thanking God, praising Him, and teaching others about Him, sharing the Good News that He has promised us. It is a very exciting thing to know that we will one day have a chance to be with our Heavenly Father, seeing Him face to face.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 2 Chronicles and Isaiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.