The Book of 2 Chronicles closes out with God flexing His divine muscle against Judah. God’s wrath was stirred up, and with righteous indignation, He judicially directed His fury against the people of God. Knowing our own propensity toward sin, it’s hard to imagine being filled with anger without losing some measure of self-control. Yet God’s wrath is never less than perfect. Revealed to us in 2 Chronicles 36:15 is the posture of God’s heart toward sinners—it’s a posture marked by compassion and patience.
Despite habitual rebellion by Judah, God still longed for her to repent and gave her many opportunities to do so. Examining God’s response, we learn something about how we are to engage unsaved people in our lives. It is easy for us to lose compassion and patience with individuals who have rejected the gospel time and time again. Maybe you have someone in your life whom you’ve labeled “hopeless” after years of such rejection. If you’ve fallen into this snare, take a minute and remember God’s compassionate response to His wayward people.
In what ways have your attitudes toward people differed from God’s compassionate and patient attitude toward Judah?