2 Kings 22-23, John 4:31—54 • Key Verse: 2 Kings 22:13
Has a friend ever said to you, “You know that makes me mad”? That . person is speaking to you because you know him, and you know him well enough to realize what upsets him. You also know to avoid some topics for the simple reason that you don’t want to make him mad.
God lets us know what angers Him. Israel needed to be reminded that God’s anger burned against them because they had not “obeyed the words of this book” (22:13). The book was the one found by Hilkiah the high priest in the days of Josiah. It was the Book of the Law, the Word of God, which had long been discarded.
Josiah listened to the words of the Book of the Law. Immediately, “he tore his robes,” which was a sign of great emotional distress (v. 11). Then he instructed the priest to ask God what they should do.
When God says, “You know this makes Me angry,” it should affect how we act. This story teaches us that failure to obey His Word angers Him.
You have God’s Word, and you read it. But do you obey it? The Lords anger burns against us when we do not obey Him..
_Ask God if there are specific things in your life that are wrong. If you know you are not being obedient, do not continue to anger God. Instead, repent, ask His forgiveness, and do what is right before Him_.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett