2 Kings 1

2 Kings 1:1-18


OVERVIEWFire from heaven killed two sets of messengers and their soldiers. Ahaziah is disciplined because he put his trust in a false god and not the eternal God.

BIG IDEAPut your hope and trust in God—nothing else.

KEY VERSE2 Kings 1:10 (Elijah to the captain)
But Elijah replied to the captain, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and killed them all.

Many will claim to have all the answers—they’ll boast their claims on the news, in social media, or from the billboards that surround you. Some will brag about their accomplishments, and others will guarantee success. The distractions will tempt you to ignore me and see what all the fuss is about. You may be intrigued to see if the person or group or resource can provide that little extra you’ve been seeking. It will be more enticing when your friends or colleagues talk about their experience.

Keep in mind, however, that I have all the answers. I am the one who can supply all the strength and wisdom and creativity you could ever imagine. I am also the one who can move the mountains in your life or help you navigate turbulent waters. I am not nearly as flashy as Madison Ave marketeers, but I am reliable. I am faithful. And I am here today and always. And when you add that I love you, you will discover that I am all you will ever need.

Are there any areas in your life where you are cutting corners? Are you trying to get ahead by ignoring God’s ways and doing something on your own? Confess your sin or talk with God and a friend about the temptation.