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“They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes.  Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon,” 2 Kings 25:7, NIV.

That may not be a passage used in many devotional thoughts, but sometimes reading more helps bring things to light.  This was part of the story about King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians overtaking Jerusalem.  What we are also told in 2 Chronicles 36 is that Zedekiah was not a ruler who had followed after God, choosing evil as a lifestyle.  Was this his punishment from the Lord?  Notice the great humiliation of the deed.

Evil has no limits.  It is still very strong and deranged today.  People are still violently killed for their faith in Jesus.  I just read the other day of a Christian who was murdered for taking a drink from a cup that was generally used by another faith group.  What bothers me the most about today’s passage is how a man who chose the path of evil had evil as his last and lasting sight.

It makes me think about the choices and I make and their consequences.  If I choose to live a life of obedience, then perhaps I will be blessed to see the fruits of my labor.  But a warning may seem a bit louder from these words; if I choose to live a life of evil and follow the ways of the world instead of the ways of the Lord, then the consequences are sure to come.  I cannot allow myself to go through life, let alone this day, with a sense of double vision – seeking to do what is best for me in my circumstances or meets my temporary needs.  I cannot ride the fence on this.

Either way, I have a choice between right and wrong, good and bad, evil or righteousness.  My choice will have a consequence determined upon the path I follow.

Lord, I ask today that you give me the courage to choose what is right.  Help me to see the world through Your eyes!

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