Topic: Escape From God’s Anger
[DCLM Daily Manna 15th July, 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: 1 Kings 15:25-34 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger” (1 Kings 15:30).
God is the almighty Creator, loving Father and merciful Redeemer; but He is also the all-knowing Judge and a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:23,29). He watches our thoughts, words and actions to see if they conform to His precepts of righteousness. Anyone who disregards His commandments and warnings faces His judgment.
In the text, Nadab’s reign was like his father’s (Jeroboam) who made Israel to sin and provoked God to anger with the sins of idolatry and disobedience. God’s judgment came upon him and he was destroyed with every member of his family according to the word of the Lord.
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Several other instances abound in the Scripture of God’s judgment. The first man and woman were judged for their disobedience. Cain was judged for his wickedness. All the people in the time of Noah who refused to repent perished; the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were also judged. Egypt experienced divine judgment when she refused to release Israel from captivity. Even the children of Israel were not spared when they sinned in the wilderness. Indeed, “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
God’s judgment is certain. He is merciful to those who humble themselves before Him, but dreadful in judgment to those who despise the riches of His grace. Be wise and escape His anger. This entails that backsliders and sinners confess and forsake their sins, accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, exercise faith in His atoning blood and live a consistent Christian life. There is severe consequences for those who wander in sin.
Thought For The Day: A presumptuous attitude towards God is a deadly opiate for sinners.
Bible Reading In One Year: 2 Chronicles 28; 2 Kings 16-17