Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Kings 17:7-8

“All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD…”

-2 Kings 17:7-8 NIV


At this point in Israel’s history the kingdom was divided.  They demanded a king, there was an argument now there were two kings and two separate kingdoms of Israel.  The Northern kingdom was attacked and taken over by the Assyrians and the Southern Kingdom would fall shortly.  Israel would never be the same.  Why did this happen?  Read the verse above.  God had given the Israelites hundreds and hundreds of chances.  They insisted on disobeying Him and worshiping false gods instead.  Since they didn’t want the LORD as their God, the LORD withdrew His protection and they were overrun.  They reaped what they sowed.  They made their bed and now they were lying in it. It’s typical for humans to blame God when bad things happen, but is that really fair?  There are natural, logical consequences for our sinful choices.  If you rob a bank and land in prison, is that God’s fault?  Of course, there are tragic events that do not arise directly from our sinful actions but even then, be careful about blaming God.  We live in a sinful world.  Bad things happen in a sinful world.  Crime, disease, death.  It is best that we hold our tongue and let God be God.  Even in the worst circumstances we rejoice that our God has delivered us from the ultimate consequence of sin.  Jesus reaped what we sowed.  We made the bed, and Jesus laid in it for three days before He came back to life, earning forgiveness and eternal life for all who trust in Him.  All evil happens because there is sin in this world.  Nevertheless, we say, “Thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Kings 18:18

“I have not made trouble for Israel, but you and your father’s family have.  You have abandoned the LORD’S commands and have followed the Baals.” 

-1 Kings 18:18 NIV



These words were spoken by the prophet Elijah to Ahab.  Ahab was the most wicked king to ever rule over the people of Israel, and that’s quite a feat.  Elijah was literally risking his life by confronting Ahab and telling him that he had abandoned the LORD”S commands, but that’s what the LORD told Elijah to do.  Elijah was telling Ahab something that would benefit him greatly if only Ahab would listen.  But Ahab did not like to be told that he was wrong.  How well do YOU receive rebuke?  Many people tend to get defensive and retaliate by pointing out the faults of the messenger or trying to justify their own sinful actions.  It’s not just little children who need guidance and correction, we’re all sinners, and we all stray from the path God has laid out in His Word.  Whether it’s a friend, your pastor, a church member, or a complete stranger, we should be thankful for those who have the courage to rebuke and correct us when we’re wrong.  Thankfully we have a loving heavenly Father who forgives all our sins.  In mercy and love He provides people to help keep us on track.  Be wise, be humble and listen to them.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for December 10, 2017 – The Book of 2 Samuel

This week, we continue our journey through the true story of God’s interaction with His people since Creation.  God didn’t want the Israelites to have a king.  He granted their request and now there were problems.  Problems with King Saul, and now problems with King David. To find out more join us for worship on Sunday, December 10th at 9 AM here at Victory Lutheran Church.