Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White


God Depends on Nothing

“Then they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its fortified buildings with fire and destroyed all its valuable articles.” - (2 Chronicles 36:19, NASB95)

Solomon’s temple had been the hub of worship for the Jewish nation for 410 years. Its importance was not only spiritual, but historic, political, and patriotic.  It was the representation of the heart and soul of Israel.  And with its fall, the nation was carried off to Babylon for 70 years.

The nation had become smug and self-satisfied. God had sent word again and again, but each herald was mocked, each word was despised, and each prophet was scoffed.  This took place until the anger of the Lord rose to the point of no return.

But the people of God felt that they were protected because the Temple was in Jerusalem. They were the chosen ones! God’s home was in their hometown! 

For the next 70 years, the nation was reminded how little God depended on them!  They had 70 years to contemplate their need for God.  These 70 years were fulfilling the 70 Sabbath years that should have been observed over the previous 490 years—Sabbath years which the people had chosen to disregard.

God gets His way!  We must humble ourselves before Him.  God does not need us, but we are in desperate need of Him!

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White
 

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