All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. 2 Kings 17:7-8
Israel had been destroyed as a nation and the people were brought into captivity. The purpose had been because of their continued living in sin. God had brought them out of Egypt, yet they persisted in following false gods, so God allowed them to be overtaken and destroyed as a nation.
Throughout Israel’s history there had been some kings who served God, however, most of them did not drive out all worship of false gods. This allowed for continued worshipping of the false gods, slowly leading the people further and further from God, until destruction was brought about by God.
Worship of false gods has not changed in the several thousand years that have passed since Israel had been destroyed as a nation. Every nation today has people following false gods all the time. Governments lead people in worshipping false gods.
America has followed the footsteps of Israel. It was founded on Christian principles, but has since abandoned them. The government and the leaders promote living in sin in many different ways. Sin is now called good, while good is being called bad.
When these things happen, God removes His hand of favor upon a nation and its people. Although it took several hundred years before Israel fell as a nation, it did occur. They were destroyed for over 2,000 years.
As an individual, you have to choose how you will live and whom you will serve and follow. Things may be looking good for you at the moment, but if you are refusing to follow and worship God alone, there will come a time of destruction. That destruction may occur in this life, or you may live a long life that appears to be good, and in the end be destroyed after death.
God sees your heart and life. He knows who you are really worshipping and serving. If you are serving God with all of your life and trusting in Jesus for your salvation, you will not be destroyed, though death may come in this life.
If you are not serving God and trusting in Jesus, destruction will come eventually. God may bring it in this life to attempt to get your attention, or after death when it is too late.
Serve and worship God alone today. Trust only in Jesus and not the things of this world. Do not have God have to bring about destruction in your life, now or in the future.
I pray today that you will trust in Jesus alone; that you will worship God alone; that you will not cause God to bring about destruction; and that you will strive to turn others from sin to God.