The Lord Gave Israel a Deliverer

2 Kings 13:5-6 – Then the Lord gave Israel a deliverer, so that they escaped from under the hand of the Syrians; and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before. Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.
I have often heard that the Lord will not give us more than what we can handle. Whether it be temptation, trials, stress or problems, God knows what we can deal with and what is too much for us. That saying is meant to serve as a comfort and encouragement to us during those difficulties. “If God knows what I can handle, then I can handle this”.  Many of us have said this and many of us have used this to persevere and triumph over those hurdles in life.
This passage talks about the Lord delivering Israel “from under the hand of the Syrians“. The Lord knew what they could handle and delivered them when it was too much for them. But how did they respond?  “Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam” the Lord delivered them, but they did not change. The Lord did not deliver Israel so that they could remain the same, He delivered them so that they could be changed. He does the same things in our lives. The Lord will always give us an “out” for our sin, the question is will we take it and be grateful for that opportunity. Or, will we continue without receiving the benefit and blessing of what the Lord has done for us?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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