THEME: Rejecting God Brings Disaster
PASSAGE: 2 Chronicles 7:11-22
HYMN: MHB 325- COME, ye sinners, to your Lord.
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 7:22 ‘People will answer, “Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them -that is why He brought all these disasters on them.”‘
At the dedication of the temple by Solomon, God appeared to him and gave him certain instructions that would determine either his success (continuity) or failure as king in Israel. God specifically told Solomon to walk before Him in complete obedience as did his father, David. Rejecting God will definitely attract failure and disaster.
God will always be happy with those who walk according to His ordinances and commands. On the other hand, He is always displeased with disobedience. While those who walk not in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers shall be blessed by God, the wicked, who reject Him, will be like chaff, that will be blown away by the wind (Psalm 1).
Sodom and Gomorrah rejected God, even after the angels’ visitation, and God destroyed the whole land. When the prodigal son thought that he was old enough to live outside of his father’s command, he eventually suffered to the extent of eating animal’s food. Rejecting God in this sense simply means disobedience or refusal to walk blamelessly before God, trying to please our own desires rather than pleasing God. Deut 28: 15ff highlights some of the disasters that would befall whoever rejects God while verses 1-14 state the goodies of obedience.
God has plainly set before us (as He did for Solomon) certain conditions that will make us continually enjoy His salvation, deliverance, protection, blessing and favour if we are ready to abide by His words. Turning away from God brings suffering, punishment and ultimate destruction. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land. Choose to obey God and live.
PRAYER: Eternal God, make me remain faithful to You, that I may continually enjoy Your salvation, deliverance and blessings forever. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen

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