On verses 34-41: We see some of the main lessons of 2 Kings reiterated here in these verses:
1. We were made to worship the Lord alone (v36). Three times in this short passage it says “Do not worship other gods” (v35, 37, 38). How do you know if you’re worshiping something other than the Lord? Whatever we put first in our lives is what we worship. What you worship is reflected in three things: your wallet, your time and your thoughts. What we spend the most money, time and thought on is an indicator of what we truly worship.
2. Only in the Lord do we find real hope and deliverance (v39).
3. Despite being admonished repeatedly to worship the Lord alone, the Israelites stubbornly persisted in their idol-worshiping ways, putting other things before God (v34, 40, 41a). We too can be stubborn in our idol-worshiping ways. We must be careful to guard against idol-worshiping tendencies.
4. The children and grandchildren of the Israelites would follow in the idol-worshiping tendencies of their parents and grandparents (v41b). Likewise, if we want our children and grandchildren to be living in the fullness of God’s blessing, it begins with us modeling for them what it means to put God first in our lives.
Heavenly Father, we were made to worship You alone. For those who come after me, may I set a great example of what it means to put You first and to trust in You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!