Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 17, 2015

“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 15:13-38.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+15&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“27 In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah son of Remaliah became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years.  28 He did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin.

29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria came and captured Ijon and Abel-beth-maacah and Janoah and Kedesh and Hazor and Gilead and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali;  and he carried them captive to Assyria.  30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him and put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.”   2 Kings 15:27-30.

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In 2 Kings 15:13-38, we read about a series of kings of Israel.  We also read about most of them that they also did evil in the sight of the LORD.

Sometimes, it appears for a while as if the wicked go unpunished.  But, then we perceive their end.  Psalm Chapter 73 gives such an example.

“3 For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
And their body is fat.
5 They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind.”  Psalm 73:3-5.

“17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!”  Psalm 73:17-19.

I chose to quote only 2 Kings 15:27-30, because it expressly stated two possible punishments for such evil.  Although the quoted Scripture does not state that God inflicted these punishments for such evil, we read the following.  First, Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria came and captured certain cities and areas of Israel, and he carried them captive to Assyria.  Second, Hoshea conspired against and killed Pekah king of Israel.

It is better if we do quickly experience punishment for sin, so that (and if) we are sorrowful and quickly repent and quickly turn away from evil.

“I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance;  for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us.  For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”  2 Corinthians 7:9-10.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ”  1 John 1:9.

“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;  yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”  Hebrews 12:11.

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