2 KINGS 15, TITUS 1, HOSEA 8, PSALM 123-125

2 Kings 15:12
"(This was the promise of the LORD that he gave to Jehu, 'Your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.' And so it came to pass.)"

Who but the Sovereign could make such a promise and then keep it? In 2 Kings 10:30 the LORD said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generations shall sit on the throne of Israel." Jehu's four sons, Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II, and Zechariah reigned a total of 74 and one-half years to fulfill God's promise.

2 Kings 15:29 fulfills another of the LORD's promises to Israel. "In the days of Pekah, king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser the king of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maach, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and he carried the people captive to Assyria." God prophesied through Hosea and Isaiah the captivity of the northern ten-tribes by Assyria. In Hosea 9:3, Israel is told they will not remain in the promised land, the land of the Lord, and they will eat unclean food in Assyria. Hosea 10:5-6 says the golden calf made by Jeroboam will be carried off to Assyria as a tribute to the king and Ephraim will be put to shame. Isaiah 8:4 promised the king of Assyria would carry away the riches of Samaria (the capital of Israel).

Sovereign LORD, there is no God like You. You alone are omnipotent and omniscience. No one but You has the power and foreknowledge to accomplish all You say. Who can thwart Your hand? You are the One who predestined according to Your purpose to work all things according to the counsel of Your will to the praise of Your glory. There is none like You.

Psalm 123:2
"We keep looking to the LORD our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal." (NLT)

What a splendid visual image of how I am to watch and wait for my Master, always ready to respond to the "slightest signal." Proverbs 8:34 says, "Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors." How are we to know His desire for us if we attune our eyes and ears to anything but Him?

In Luke 12:35-48 Jesus tells a parable about the need to be prepared for the return of the master from a wedding feast. Those who are ready and waiting to open the door upon his arrival will receive a reward. He says the reward is the master seating his servants and serving them. Peter asks if the parable is for the disciples or everyone. Jesus then describes a faithful and wise steward who is caring for the master's other servants. This steward will also receive a reward from the master. The master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But woe to the steward who knows what the master expects yet, he is unprepared and doesn't carry out his instruction. There are two options: reward or woe; the basis for both is the master's desire for his servants. How will I know what He wants if I am not as watchful as the slave girl?

Lord and Master, forgive me for keeping my eyes and ears on the things of the world instead of You. Holy Spirit, You are preparing me for my Master's return. Please include in Your instruction what is necessary for me to be one of His disciples who is faithful to wait and watch for His slightest gesture.