The book of 2 Kings in the Bible is filled with numerous references to kings who “did evil in the sight of the Lord” and who “did what was right in the sight of the Lord.” This is not true just of the kings. The people as a whole under the various kings are remembered according to those who did evil in the Lord’s eyes and those who did right in His eyes. Two things are clear. THE LORD SEES who does evil and who does right. And others do also! Imagine all the Bible readers through the generations who read of who did evil versus right back then.
How will you and I be remembered IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD? And how will we be remembered IN THE SIGHT OF OTHERS? As sold out followers of the Lord Jesus Christ who lived according to the Lord’s ways? Or as people who kept our backs turned to Jesus and the Bible and lived according to the world’s ways?
Now is the time to make any changes we need to make. Let’s make them. Let’s live for Jesus. And let us do what is right. And when we stumble and fall back into sin, let’s turn quickly to seek the Lord’s forgiveness, turn from our wickedness, and move on in the light and righteousness of Christ!
Oh, Lord, in a world in which people are continually striving for more of this and of that and to be accepted and praised and to win honors and awards and all such things so we look good to the world and keep up appearances and garner the praises of humankind, and in which we tend to want to leave legacies of wealth and success etc., oh Lord, please turn our hearts and minds and lives to you, dear Jesus! May we not strive for more of the world but instead for more of you and your Word and your will and your ways. May we leave behind above all else the legacy, dear Father, of loving and knowing and living for and serving and obeying and glorifying you and of helping others to find and forever faithfully follow you. May our legacies, yes, dear Father, be about you! AMEN!
“And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” 2 Kings 22:2
“He did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,” 2 Kings 22:52