In this chapter, we see how the queen mother, a pagan daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, wiped out anyone she considered a threat. The implication is that she intended to reunite Israel and Judah under the rule of her idolatrous royal line.
God provided the rescue, just as He did for Abraham on Mount Moriah, for Moses in a basket on the Nile, for Joseph when he was thrown in the cistern.
God delights to rescue those He loves!
His rescue is not always in our timing, though. Abraham waited a couple of decades for the promised son to arrive. Moses waited as a shepherd for forty years before God used him to rescue Israel from Egypt — and then another forty years while God preserved a remnant among the Israelites during the Exodus. And Judah suffered through six years under the murderous rule of Athaliah, before God’s remnant was restored.
The God who rescued each of these, and many more, in the Bible still rescues today. I’ve seen God’s rescue in financial despair, in a tornado, several car accidents, job situations, parenting challenges…the list goes on and on. And even when the timing wasn’t what I would have prayed for, in retrospect, it was always perfect!
How have you seen God step in and rescue? How do you view the timing as you look back on the circumstances?