But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy. (2 Chronicles 36:16 NASB)
In December 1998 Kevin Mackle a 19-year-old student in Quebec tried to shake loose a soft drink. Instead of receiving a soft drink Kevin was crushed to death when the 920-pound machine tipped over on to him. Who would have thought that a coke machine would be dangerous! But since 1978, 35 people have died in the United States alone from vending machines, which have tipped over.
The people of Judah must have been just as incredulous about the danger involved in ignoring God. Judgment did come upon them in a devastating way when they were carried into captivity. Who would have thought that God was that serious about it. But He was and He still is serious about it.
Do you despise God’s Words? Do you mock or misuse the messengers of God? Why would anyone want to do that? We despise God’s Words when we know what He wants us to do but we do something else with our lives. We mock God’s messengers when we hear the Word of God preached and fail to respond as God has spoken to our hearts. Little known dangers but spiritually just as dangerous as a falling coke machine.
Judah waited so long that they ran out of time and God’s judgment came upon them. Why risk another day outside of God’s will? Determine in your heart that you will no longer despise God by the way you live your life. “Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).”
Copyright © 2004. Ed Wrather. Used with Permission. On June 8, 1998 the email version of the Burning Bush Devotional was first sent.