2 Chronicles 28-30; Romans 6

2 Chronicles 28: While he was already in distress, the same King Ahaz increased his treachery to the LORD. He sacrificed to the gods of Damascus who had defeated him, saying, “Since it was the gods of the kings of Aram who helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me also.” However, they only furthered his downfall and that of all Israel.

This is an interesting, perhaps more rational response that Ahaz had to adversity, than Amaziah had to success.  Judah was defeated in battle and summarily oppressed by the Arameans, so Ahaz is thinking their gods are the ones to worship.  It’s also interesting that it never seems to occur to him that his highly successful father King Jotham was faithful to the Lord, and maybe he should be too.  Maybe when you have 20+ children through a passel of different women your paternal influence is diluted, pro-polygamists take note.  But I digress.

Worthy of reflection: when I experience adversity in life – as is inevitable – what is my response?  To whom or what do I intensify my worship?

In the meantime, Happy New Year!  2017 shapes up as an interesting year (‘”Interesting”, you use that word a lot.  I do not think you know what it means.’)  with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and the 100th anniversary of the visions at Fatima.

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