In our OT passage today we again see the sovereignty of God displayed - both in the battles/famine and in the rise and fall of the kings of Judah and Israel.
One thing that is important to note is how much an unbelieving spouse contributed to the downfall of a king and, therefore, a kingdom. We saw it with Solomon, and we see it again with Jehoram, as well as Ahaziah (whose mother was Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel). The long term spiritual impact on a family cannot be underestimated when we choose to go outside of God's will and marry someone who is not a believer. This is a vital truth that we need to teach to our children - who they choose to marry is so key to their lives and the lives of their children and their children after them.
In our NT passage it can be somewhat discouraging to read the parable of the sower and how much of the seed falls on unfruitful ground. It can make us discouraged to bother sowing the seed. But the truth is - some seed falls on faithful ground, and we cannot always tell what soil is good soil and what is not. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to prepare the soil, it is our job to spread the seed.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Kings 10-12; Matthew 13:31-58