There is a recurring theme throughout the history of Judah. 2 Kings 8:16-19 is just one of many examples:
16 In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign. 17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 19 Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give ma lamp to him and to his sons forever.
Time and time again, the kings of Judah walk in rebellion against the Lord, and each time, God’s covenant with David stands firm. our God is enduringly faithful and does not remove His promises once they have been given.
The apostle Paul understood this when he wrote to Timothy:
rIf we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
uif we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
This is good news for those who have put their trust in Christ, for we continue to show our faithlessness, but God continually dispenses grace toward us. This faithfulness that never ends should move us to seek Him all the more. The grace of God is not something to take advantage of as the kings of Judah so often did, it is to be cherished, embraced, followed after and sought above all things. God’s faithfulness covers over our continual lack of faith, so that on the last day, we will be shown faithful in Christ.
This is worth rejoicing over!