Our God is the same faithful God today as He was in Scripture and is eager to prove it to us today.

2 Chronicles 21 tells the story of King Jehoram’s early decisions to not follow the LORD. First, once he was established as King, his insecurities led him to kill every single brother he had! All rivals to his throne were now gone.

And second, he married a daughter of Ahab, a wicked king of Israel. He followed her influence, which led him to doing “evil in the sight of the LORD.”

Did he deserve to be dethroned? Yes. Was he? No, God showed him grace and mercy. Did he deserve to die? Yes. Was he? No, God again showed him grace and mercy. God gave him time after more time to turn to and follow Him.

This was done because God was faithful to the promise that He made to King David. The chronicler wrote, “The LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that He had made with David.”

God had to remain true to Himself. He gave David’s prodigies chance after chance to get it right, until years later, the line of David stopped having a son on the throne.

Wait a second, was God now being unfaithful to His promise? No. Centuries later, Jesus, a descendant of David, would be born and then would one day sit on David’s throne in line with God’s promise to David. God was and is faithful to His promises.

Our goal is to be like Jesus in every thought and action. And because it is a process, we should praise God for and focus on His mercy and grace, rather than on our failures.

We should also thank God for His forgiveness because He “is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” when we confess our sins/failures to Him.

God was faithful when He wrote those words almost 2,000 years ago. And, He is just as faithful today. Think about it. Why would you ever want to become like Jesus if you couldn’t count on Him to be faithful to His promises?

Yet, our God is faithful. Thank God He is!

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