SUMMARY: Wrong model
OVERVIEW: King Ahaz did not do what was right in the eye of the Lord. He looked at the examples of other nations and adopted their customs instead of obeying God.
BIG IDEA: Keep your eyes focused on God.
KEY VERSE: 2 Kings 16:2–3 (Ahaz described)
Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Many will profess to know me and love me but lead you astray. They are sheep in wolves’ clothing. They look right and sound right, but their hearts are hard and far from me. It is not easy to perceive who is for me and against me, but I will show you if you seek me. Be patient before committing whom you follow. Don’t merely react to a person’s leadership. Be prayerful and discerning. Look for fruit. But most importantly, wait to hear from me.
Corrupt leaders, on the other hand, are quite distinct. They openly mock me and defiantly disobey my teaching. Yet, many find them attractive. The enemy has a way of putting a shine on them, so they glimmer in just the right manner. You may be fascinated by their leadership, boldness, or ability to command a room, but do not be deceived. They work for the enemy, and they love themselves. They may find success on earth, but it will be limited, and they will have missed the opportunity to invest in eternity. Pray for them, but follow me.
What current or historical figures are you attracted to that may not be good examples? Learn what you can from them from a distance, but protect your heart and mind that you do not get lured into their trap. Pray for discernment as you study them, and contrast God’s way with their way. Pray that you would be obedient to God and his ways.