We will all be held responsible for the choices we make
Reference: “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them.” 2 Kings 13:2 NIV
Explore: Growing up, if anyone had a hole in their sock my mother would darn it. She would pull her sewing basket out, grab a needle and thread and darn away.
The sock would come out looking slightly odd but as strong as ever and would last another season.
These days, if I see a hole in my sock… I throw it out! While I did learn how to darn I don’t really care much for it, so I’d rather spend a bit of money and buy a new pair.
I am very much like my mother in so many ways… Except when it comes to socks!
Application: There are many things we learn from our parents but in the end we make a choice whether we repeat their behaviour.
While it probably wouldn’t hurt my bank balance for me to darn a few extra socks, that is a choice (and a change from my mother) I have decided to make.
When Jehoahaz became king in 2 Kings 13 it says “he did evil”, he “followed the sins” of another and he “did not turn away from them”. It sounds to me that he made some pretty definite choices.
We all make our own choices and we will all be held responsible for the choices we make. There is no doubt we can have some very strong influences in our lives and the end decision is ours alone.
May we look back on our day, our week and our year and be proud of the decisions we have made. May we be able to see how they have brought glory to God and helped us to come in closer contact with Him.
Prayer: Lord, You give us so much wisdom and guidance but You also offer free will. May we use it wisely and live to honour You. Amen.
Looking back on your day, how proud are you of the decisions you made?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.