This message will examine a man who needed help. He was over his head with troubles. Part of the problem came from the poor choices his father and grandfather made. The other part of the problem came from his weak secular faith.
His life was entangled with worldly pursuits. He was nominally religious. He sometimes prayed. He knew the rituals associated with worship. He occasionally attended services. He knew some of the stories of the faith, but that was it. He claimed to belong to the Lord, but the Scriptures report,
he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord and followed the sins” (of those who went before him)” — 2 Kings 13:3.
Amazingly, God had mercy on him and offered to help, but it required simple faith. Unfortunately, he failed to grasp the opportunities that God literally placed in his hands. His lack of faith cost him and those near him dearly.