DAY 1: Israel (the Northern Kingdom) Falls
The Assyrian Empire had one of the most proficient militaries in history. When the Assyrian Army came knocking on your city door, chances are high that they came to knock it down. When Hoshea was king of Israel (the Northern Kingdom), the people of Israel had already received not one, but two strong warnings from the Assyrians. All they needed to do was pay tribute to the Assyrians and not rebel against them. Well, all they really need to do was turn back to God. But the people refused to see that their situation was of their own making.
Because of their refusal to turn back to God, in 722 BC the Assyrian Empire completely overthrew the Kingdom of Israel. Not only did they overthrow Israel, they deported the people to other cities.
At this point in time, Judah (the Southern Kingdom) is still functioning outside of Assyrian rule. Will the people there remain faithful to God?
As you read today, consider this: When do you find it most difficult to be faithful to God? Is it when things are going well for you or when things are going poorly?
READING & JOURNALING:
When do you find it most difficult to be faithful to God? Is it when things are going well for you or when things are going poorly?
Have you ever experienced such a strong tragedy that you questioned if God was real, or if He was listening? Looking back, how did He respond to that level of pain and hurt you were experiencing?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 32 & 33
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I confess that it’s more natural for me to turn to You regularly in times of chaos or hurt than it is for me to turn to You when things are going well. But I also confess there have been times when things have been so bleak that I have doubted your presence. Today, I simply rejoice in knowing that You are with me through everything. Whether good times or bad, You are always there! Thank You! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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