Reflections: We don’t like to admit it but not all beginnings are good beginnings. After the golden age of King David, it looks like Israel has finally stuffed things up for good. The kingdom has split in two, Israel in the north is wiped out and Judah in the south is exiled (2 Kgs 17:18–20). With the Temple destroyed, God’s people enter their darkest chapter—a chapter without God as their king…or so it seems. Even in exile, God remains sovereign. It was he who delivered Judah over to Babylon as judgment for their sin. And throughout 70 years of exile, even in judgment, God remains king. However dire our situation, in judgment or mercy, the exalted Christ reigns as head over everything for his church and nothing can take him off his throne (Eph 2:20–23).
Question: In what situations are you tempted to think that Christ is not in control? How might you accept suffering as the severe mercies of a sovereign God?
Prayer: Sovereign Lord, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil for you are with us. Forgive our unbelief and rebel hearts. May we kiss the Son lest he be angry and we perish in the way. Blessed are all who take refuge in him to whom be the glory. Amen.