Our Persistent God
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 11,12; 2 Chronicles 24; 1 Timothy 6
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 24:17-25
Joash was seven years old when he became the king of Judah, and he reigned as king for forty years. In the beginning of his reign, Joash lived a life that was “right in the eyes of the Lord” (Vs. 2) After many years of idol worship and evil kings in Judah the temple was in disarray, so in the first part of his life Joash collected a tax from the people of Judah and Jerusalem that allowed him to make repairs to the temple. The money he collected from the people was used to restore the temple of God “according to its original design” (Vs. 13) and also to reinforce it. In addition, after the temple was restored the money that was left over was used to make “articles for the service and for the burnt offerings, and also dishes and other objects of gold and silver.” (Vs. 14) After spending years away from God, Joash finally brought the people of Judah back to Him and burnt offerings were once again presented in the temple according to God’s original decrees. Sadly though, when Jehoiada the chief priest died, everything changed. Upon his death, Joash and the officials of Judah abandoned the temple and once again began worshiping idols.
In today’s key passage, we read about God’s response to the renewed interest in idol worship in Judah. We often have a tendency to wrongly believe that when we turn away from God and sin, He immediately gets angry at us and lashes out at us in punishment, but today’s passage tells a different story. Today’s passage tells us the truth about God. He is a God of persistence. When the people of Judah turned from Him, He tried many times to make the people recognize their sins and come back to the faith. He, “sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen.” (Vs. 19) When the prophets God sent were unsuccessful, God sent Zechariah the son of Jehoiada to try to convince the people to repent. Since the people were faithful to God when Jehoiada was alive, perhaps God was hoping that his son could get through to them. It was only after the people killed Zechariah that God finally sent his judgment to the people of Judah, and even then it was designed not to punish the people but to bring them back to Him.
Perhaps you know someone who has lived a life that was right in the eyes of the Lord for part of his life but has since fallen away from God. Perhaps you know someone who is so mired in sin that he seems completely lost or who has begun following a false Gospel. Perhaps even one of you reading these words is wrapped up in a pattern of sin that you cannot seem to break, and you feel yourself getting further and further away from God. Know today that our Heavenly Father has many wonderful characteristics, and one of them is persistence. God will not give up on His elect, no matter how far they turn from Him. He will continue to work to bring the fallen back to Him according to His perfect will and in His perfect time. Do not allow your frustration over a “lost” brother or sister in Christ or your own sin patterns overwhelm you. Instead, be persistent, just as your Father in Heaven is persistent. When we know that God will not give up on us, we are less inclined to give up on ourselves.
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Posted on June 24, 2013, in 14 - 2 Chronicles and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Godly Living, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.