Father, you are the God of second chances. You are the God of salvation and forgiveness. However, you are also the God of justice and consequence. Open our eyes to your holiness. Help us grow to be more like Jesus. Show us the error of our steps and guide them to your purpose. Remove our desire for ungodly things. Forgive us where we fail you. Lead us to the rock that is higher in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.
“‘You shall not fear other gods, but you shall fear the Lord your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.’ However, they would not listen, but they did according to their former manner. So these nations feared the Lord and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children’s children—as their fathers did, so they do to this day.” (2 Kings 17: 38b-41 ESV)