2 Kings 9:14-10:31
It's so frustrating to see all the kings of Judah and Israel....
Either the kings are very bad or they are good and they follow the Lord but they don't do so completely. Most of the good kings destroy idols or temples but leave out something in that category. Most of the good kings have seasons of zeal for the Lord in this way...but then they stray...they don't follow the Lord with all their heart.
The point is obvious to me, that even what is good in me is not enough. Even what power I have in myself to be kind, gentle, generous, and faithful does not really matter if I am not totally perfect. And so I need Jesus. Because He covers all my flaws in His perfect blood. I am clothed in His righteousness.
I have had seasons of wiping out my own idols and seasons of fixing my eyes on Jesus that much more fervently. But I have had at least just as many moments of unfaithfulness. I have failed at least as many times. Jesus died and rose again to redeem those moments in my life, in my heart. He died and rose again to redeem those moments for every single one of us.