Relationship with God
When you come to the end of the of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel and Judah you also come to the end of the Hebrew Bible. And while there is still much to learn from the poets and prophets of the Old Testament 2 Chronicles 36 ends the inspired historical account of the people of Israel. But this also serves as a reminder that story of the people of Israel is first and foremost a story about God and His relationship with His creation. What should be evident is:
The Lord God is the one true and living God of all creation. “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:” (Mark 12:29). “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4–6).
He is a God of covenant and desires to have a relationship with His creation. “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:19–20).
He is a God of both justice and mercy. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14).
There are inescapable consequences to failing to keep His will. “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Each king was said to either have done that which was right in the sight of the Lord or that which was evil. Each had free will to choose what path he would take. We too have the same choice today, and every day, which we are blessed to live on God’s green earth.
How do you view God today? How is your relationship with Him at this very moment? If God were to have your life recorded for posterity how would your life be viewed? The choice today is yours…be wise, do what is right in the sight of the Lord, and be faithful! Will your life end in eternal glory with the Lord or will it be seen only as a sad saga of what could have been?