I just finished the books of I and II Kings in my quest toread and study through the Bible this year. If it has been a while since you have read in these books, remember these books are really a documentation of the lives of the people, the kings who led the united and, then divided tribes, of God’s chosen people. In each recorded history of these kings’ reign, we see how they lived their lives and if and how they followed God.
In one simple statement you can tell much about each
king. The statement is consistent with
one of these two choices:
…he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.
…he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.
When someone looks back on my life and begins to put to words my history, I surely want it to read….he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.
One other thing that is unique about this statement is the kings that did what was pleasing were often compared to King David. In those statements it reads: “He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done.” What is even more encouraging about this statement is the fact we can find in God’s word that David was not perfect, but a man who gave into temptation. But here in the book of II Kings God holds him up as the example. David wasn’t perfect but was a sinful man who repented of his sins, and who was offered and received forgiveness. Now in my book that means there is hope for us all and one day because of God’s grace and forgiveness someone might write about us: …he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.