Over and over we're reading that the kings did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. Robert Rayburn aptly points out.... We should shudder at the lasting effect of one man’s infidelity and disobedience. Generations virtually without thought followed Jeroboam in the course he had set. What was so natural for them because Jeroboam had made it normal in Israel was to lead to their ruin and destruction.
Two big reminders in there for us. We need to make sure we are not blindly committing sin because it is normal. And we need to be careful not to set up any sinful habits that our children will blindly follow after us.
Watching the steady decline of Israel into stubborn unrepentant sin - despite the preaching of Hosea, Amos, Micah, and Isaiah - unfortunately reminds me of the spiritual decline of Canada and America. Yes, there is a faithful remnant, but a large portion of the church has simply succumbed to society's worldview and is, quite frankly, dying. Therein lies the challenge for us - if the light is dying, how much more must we ensure that we do not keep our candle under the basket.
In our NT passage, I always love the story of Jesus walking on the water, and Peter's willingness to get out of the boat. Yes, he falters and gives in to his fear - but originally he stepped out in faith, and when he did falter, he knew exactly who to turn to for help. His faith was well-placed - Jesus always stands ready to rescue us when we recognize our inability to save ourselves and call on Him to save us.
I believe, help my unbelief!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Kings 17-18; Matthew 15:1-20