Sunday, July 4, 2010

Divine Opportunities - Taken or Not

"Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted" - Isaiah 7:4
Ahaz went down in history as a wicked and faithless king, but it didn't have to be that way. Second Kings and Second Chronicles both record his rule1, but Isaiah tells us an additional detail.

Ahaz's kingdom was under attack and God sent the prophet, Isaiah, to extend an offer - trust in God and be faithful. It was a divine opportunity but it also came with a warning
"If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established"2
Sadly, Ahaz didn't take his opportunity choosing instead to go to surrounding kings for assistance, begging their help. They helped themselves to his wealth and left him in shambles.

We, too, are extended divine opportunities to turn our lives over to Christ and follow Him.
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." - Jesus (John 12:46)
Our choices make a difference.


1 - 2nd Kings 16 and 2nd Chronicles 28
2 - Isaiah 7:9

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