2 Chronicles 28: Discipline Brings Us Back to God
2 Chronicles 28 gives us a portrait of another bad king in Judah. Ahaz was pretty much as idolatrous as they came, and as a result, his kingdom was invaded.
2Ch 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
The important thing to notice about this verse is that God was the one doing the delivering. Even though it might sound like all kinds of evil forces were doing the overrunning, God was still obviously in control of the situation.
We have seen this type of thing many times by now. When the people of God wandered away and started worshiping some other type of god, they ran into a tough time. However, just like in this situation, God was the one orchestrating the events.
He was using difficult times to bring His people back to Him. On a much more minor scale, you could think about Jonah. He was being disobedient by running away from his mission in Nineveh. God used a difficult time inside of a giant fish to turn his attitude around.
Sometimes we need to be woken up. We need some type of eye-opening event that forces us to look at what we were doing wrong.
In this case for the people of Judah, they had to be overrun. They had to realize that when they turned away from God, they were really turning away from everything that made them a nation.
If you are reading along, you will be able to tell that it did not get better by the end of the chapter, but tomorrow we will get to see the people of Judah start coming back to God (I didn’t want to leave you on an overly depressing note).