I have another short Thought for this week. What struck me in this
section of our reading was the Mercy of God. The author tells us that
Jehoahaz did evil in the eyes of Yahweh... "So Yahweh's anger burned
against Israerl, and for a long time he kept them under the power of
Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son. Then Jehoahaz sought Yahweh's
favour and Yahweh listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of
Aram was oppressing Isreal" (vs 3-4). The author goes on to tell us how
God provided a deliverer for Israel and freed them from Aram's
oppression. They were able to live in their own cities.
Even though Jehoahaz did evil in God's eyes, God had mercy and delivered
him and his people when he sought the Lord. How encouraging is it to
know, that God's love for us is so deep that He will come to our rescue
when we call...even if we've been doing evil in His sight. Now that is
not to say we can do whatever we want and then just apologize or ask for
God to help us later. No, it means that whenever we truly seek
Him...we find Him. I love that He is the God we serve!