TEXTS AND APPLICATION: I wonder today how much we genuinely want to eradicate sin from our life. King Josiah, who became king at age 8, turned to the Lord in the eighth year of his reign. Four years later, he began a cleansing of Judah and Jerusalem that was unprecedented. Second Kings 23 describes the cleansing in great detail, but 2 Chronicles 34 summarizes the picture for us:
2 Chron. 34:3-7
The cleansing was dramatic, thorough, painful . . . and necessary. I am reminded of Jesus’ words to cut off my hand and gouge out my eyes if they cause me to sin (Matt. 5:29-30). Though Jesus’s words were clearly intentional hyperbole to make His point, God expects us to take whatever steps are necessary to remove the sin of our life.
That truth gives me pause today: what sins do I choose to tolerate in my life? What sins do you choose to tolerate? Are you willing to do whatever is required to eradicate them? I want to be willing.
PRAYER: “God, make me detest my sin like You detest it. Give me courage to take the necessary steps to say ’no’ to temptations and ‘yes’ to you. Forgive me for holding on to my sin so long.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Zephaniah 1-3