Scripture: 2 Kings 12-14
Key verse: (14:4) But the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.
Reflection: The king did what was right in the sight of the lord, or at least he tried. We will read more about his life and see that he didn’t really know what it meant to be faithful to God. He left the high places, so people continued to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. They were remnants of an old ancestral worship which went back to the time of the judges. It will be several kings down the road until one makes a change.
The repetitiveness of this cannot be overlooked in 2 Kings. We have read this over and over again. They mess up again and again. It may be an invitation to open our own eyes to the high places in our own lives that we keep in our lives as if we are not unfaithful. Practices and rituals that are part of our lives that go against what it means to follow Jesus are probably part of our everyday life. I know that I have some high places in my life that need to be torn down from the way I spend money to the routines of my larger family.
Our faith is woven into every part of our life. We do not follow Christ only on Sunday or when it is easy. We follow Christ because we believe in the Kingdom of God, in the Good News of Easter for all of God’s children. Following God means kingdom living and loving at home, at work, with neighbors and even on vacation. Let’s take a look at some of our high places this week and start taking them down.
Prayer: God, walk with us into every second of the day as we follow your son, Jesus. May we be faithful, loving, just and merciful to all of your children. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].