Israel finally takes the last strides to annihilation as their current king tries to double-cross the king they are already serving. The king attacks Israel for three years and takes all the people into captivity in Assyria. He replaces them with all kinds of foreigners who will eventually be called Samaritans. Israel has sinned since the days of Jeroboam, the first king of divided Israel, and have never turned back to the Lord. He has been gracious to them up to this point, but knows they will never repent or return to Him without a major catastrophe. After this captivity, we do not see these ten tribes return to their homeland. They intermingle with the Assyrians and lose their identity. Only Judah and Benjamin have any future role in God's plan for His people. Only a few hundred years previous to this event, the people were celebrating God's provision of a land. They celebrated the building of the first temple in Jerusalem and enjoyed untold wealth and prestige under Solomon. Sadly, one man's decision split the nation in half and opened the door for sin to step in and destroy. Have you stopped to consider what God has done for you? Our lack of thankfulness leads us down a slippery slope of sin. If we are not careful, we can end up just like the nation of Israel and lose ourselves in sin. God will never forsake us, but we sometimes forsake Him. Is it time to repent and return to Him?

Help me, Lord, to be thankful for all that You have done in my life. Help me to repent and return to You whenever I stray and get lost in sin.