2 Kings 13-14
In these two chapters we see the severity of the Lord as well as his kindness. Those who walk in the ways of evil will always be opposed by God. But God’s ears are open to those who would humble themselves and turn to him for favor and forgiveness. We are told in 13:2 that Jehoahaz, “did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.” But two verses later we are told, “Then Jehoahaz sought the favor of the LORD and the LORD listened to him…” In this case the mercy of the LORD shines through. Mercy was granted to Jehoahaz even though humility does not characterize this man and his leadership as the leader of God’s chosen people.
The cross of Jesus Christ means hope for all mankind. God will not turn anyone away who humbles himself or herself and turn and seek Him. He is a merciful God. He is ready and willing to receive anyone who repents and receive the salvation He offers through His Son. Like Jehoahaz, forgiveness will be granted to those who seek, “the favor of the LORD.” (13:4)
Holy Father, thank you for your mercy. Thank you for the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Amen.