Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 3, 2010

Sometimes when I hear a Christian official announce in the media that some tragedy in the world is the result of God's judgment and reckoning, it really disturbs me. Is it possible? I suppose. But I'm also confident that this Christian voice, as rule, does not know God's reckoning on such matters. However...

It was because of the Lord's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence.
- 2 Kings 24:20 TNIV

2 Kings 24 & 25 records the conquering of Judah by Babylon, and the beginning of the Babylonian Captivity. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, destroys Jerusalem and hauls most of the Jews to be his servants in his country. We are told, in this case, that this is the result of chapter after chapter of "and this king and his people did evil in the eyes of the Lord." God brought to his people a day of accountability and reckoning.

Sobering, isn't it? To be "thrust from his presence..." whoa! But from the rubble, remember comes our rescue, Jesus Christ. So let us be the faithful ones today.

Dale Patterson