Today's Devotion (Thursday)

Serve God Truly

2 KINGS 10:18-30

Key Verse:

"And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel"

One of the greatest problems with many countries today is bad leadership. The tragedy of it all is that all the shortcomings of the past governments for which they were either toppled as in a military coup or voted out through the ballot box, are hardly corrected; they get worsened by succeeding administrations. This terrible scenario is also found in Christendom nowadays. Jehu fulfilled the prophecy of Elijah but the fact that he deliberately did not do away with idol worship in the land was an indication that he was pursuing a personal agenda to secure his reign. He did not continue with total obedience to the law of God. He continued in the sins of Jeroboam in that he left the golden calves at Bethel and Dan, This kept Israel divided because the twelve tribes were now thinking in terms of two nations, not one. For this, God allowed the nations around them to subject them to their control. Ordinarily, it would be said that a man who carried out such a cleansing exercise as soon as he came to power would be true to his mission of returning Israel to the worship of the true God; but no, he began to elevate the worship of other graven images. Finally, he died in the sin as a king that continued with the sin of Jeroboam. This passage aptly rendered baseless, the doctrine of eternal security, that once someone is saved, such remains saved eternally. There had been unfortunate cases where those who had stood against stealing, fornication, adultery and all forms of sins in the past suddenly became perpetrators of such sins. Most times, there is no second chance as the devil makes sure that such individuals never return to their righteous status. Saints, let us take heed and "hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end".

Thought for the day: The zeal of yesterday is never sufficient for today’s service. Get recharged!

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