2 Kings 8:1-15

2 Kings 8:1-15

2 Kings 8:6Vintage message from July 9, 2000.

I always try to see God from the perspective of “God is love.” …If you will read your Bible, if you will interpret everything you see in the Bible with placing the statement first, God is love so there is a loving explanation for all that God is doing, even if it doesn’t seem that way… God is love, and we don’t always know the answer, but God always reveals that love, even in the worst of circumstances, God will reveal the love that He has for the men that He’s created…

Have you ever felt like trouble was happening in your life to the place, to the extent that not even God could help you? I know many people, I’ve been there from time to time, where I’ve said, “I don’t even believe God can help me in this one.” That is the worst form of godlessness. After God has shown you the miracles time and again, after God has gone out of His way to get your attention when God has gone out of His way to love you and not destroy you… I’ve come to realize in y own life there are a lot of times I do not deserve God’s blessing, but yet He pours it out… The information that God gives us, though, is: God is love, and He wants us to know that, and He went out of His way to display that…

If you will take an honest look into your heart and you think of the things that, when you compare them to God’s Word are sin, and if you’re willing to call sin “sin” (and each of us have in our lives those places that we need to be calling sin), if you will look at those places, you know what? You will find yourself saying not, “Oh my God, I’m a sinner,” but “Gosh, how can I accomplish this without getting caught?” Now, of course, we don’t like to put it in those words. I never like to say that about the things I do. I call it, “Oh, I was weak! How could I know that was going to happen.” You know, I find that most of the things that we do that’s sin against God are well planned thought out, desired. We’re just seeking the right opportunity to be able to accomplish it because we are not convinced yet in our heart that God is really serious when He said that that was sin. And after all, I’ve done it before and God didn’t zap me with lightning, so that must mean it’s okay. Don’t mistake God’s mercy and God’s compassion for leniency. God does come to the place where He will call us to an account for the sin in our life…

Once again, as you study God’s Word, consider starting your study each day by prefacing it with this statement, “God is love,” and if there’s something there that you don’t understand, if something’s happening in God’s Word that just seems out of character, dwell on the love of God, and He will begin to make clear to you, He will begin to show you, His loving response to a people… If God is love and God is merciful and God is compassionate, we begin to see that when we have the hardships in our life, it’s not because God is hateful and spiteful, it’s because we are hateful and spiteful toward God, and God is simply trying to get our attention.

Pastor Dave Elkins