This remarkable story highlights the kindness of the prophet, who reflected the kindness of our God. Instead of having the king of Israel kill the raiders of Syria, the prophet told the king to feed them. A feast was prepared for the raiders before they were sent home. Following this dramatic turn of events, you would expect to see the heart of the king of Syria melt before the God of grace. But that didn’t happen (v. 24). He hardened his heart against God.
Sadly, despite being blessed by Yahweh, many refuse to acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. Every gift and success that a person has comes from the hand of God, Maker of heaven and earth. In response to God’s revealing grace, Paul says that people sinfully exchange the glory of the Creator for created things. Because they suppress the truth revealed to them, they’re without excuse and therefore condemned (Rom. 1:18-25). When it comes to proclaiming the gospel, since we’re dealing with hardened human hearts, we must pray for God to open eyes and transform hearts if anyone is to repent and believe and thus go from being condemned to being saved by divine grace.
How does God display His kindness and grace to the unbelieving world today?