DATE POSTED: Monday, 2023-03-20
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Chronicles 24:17-20
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)
BIBLE TEXT: 17-18 Then the officials of Judah (who had abandoned the house of the Eternal One, the True God of their ancestors, to follow Asherim and other idols) came and bowed down to the king, convincing him to listen to their advice. Joash, in the absence of Jehoiada, then led the nation to abandon God. God was infuriated with Judah and Jerusalem. 19 In spite of His anger, the Eternal sent prophets to tell the people how they had sinned and that they should repent. But they did not listen.
20 Then the Spirit of the True God possessed Zechariah, Jehoiada the priest’s son, giving him a message for the people.
Zechariah (standing above the people): The True God has a message for you: “Why do you disobey the Eternal’s commands? You will not have prosperous lives as long as you continue this. Since you have abandoned Him, He has abandoned you.”
OBSERVATION: I love our court system! Defense attorneys will fight hard for their clients, even if it means looking back over decisions made in previous, similar cases. My subject for this devotional was deduced from a previous case, as you can see in verse 20 above in today’s Scripture. Wouldn’t this make you make you even more concerned for folk who want nothing to do with God…. until the serious health challenges of a loved one, or some other disaster in their life? I believe we should give this our full attention and see what God may be saying to us individually.
APPLICATION: I didn’t really pick up on the condition made in verse one of this chapter, until I read the verses we are looking at today. I was very impressed that in verse one, we were told that Joash became king at age 7, and in spite of the sins of his ancestors, Joash did what was pleasing to God – throughout the life of Jehoiada. Think long and hard about that dear friends. We may have friends who are rebels today, but they appeared to be close to the Lord when their mother was alive, or as long as their deceased wife led the way in church attendance. But perhaps we should examine and try to understand the relationship we enter into with our Lord Jesus. When we, of our own intuition, and from the depths of our heart, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Ruler of our life, we should desire a close and personal relationship with Him so that we could draw intimacy with Him, and draw even closer to Him as we communicate and learn about Him each day. We will not permit this type of relationship to be broken by any outsider, nor will we follow any other leader that may strive to interfere with or try to diminish that relationship. However, if we follow the footsteps of Joash in allowing another person to influence or drive our relationship with God, then it could mean that we will only stay true to that relationship with God as long as that person is around. This reminds me of growing up, where we stayed true to the wishes and demands of our parents as long as we were around them, or around anyone who knew them. However, when given the freedom to hang with friends, or to display our independent thinking, things often changed in our behavior and our actions! But things are a little different with our relationship with God, for He is everywhere, and He is all-knowing. So given the facts, and challenged by the statement God gave to Zechariah that He will abandon us, if we abandon Him, isn’t that enough to challenge the lifestyle and character of the child of God, especially when we think we are all alone and operating independently of anyone else? Be reminded dear friend that God never sleeps, nor is He deaf or blind to our every action, word or deed. Although He is God, He is willing to leave us to our own vices if we seek separation from Him. But know that God is pure, holy and righteous, and He will honor everything He promised to us, if we are faithful to Him. If we commit ourselves to Him and seek to live under His lordship, then we can count on His wonderful grace, and His almighty hand and wisdom to protect and guide us safely through the roughest times here on earth and into the portals of Heaven where He is. Think positively my friend! I’m afraid that Satan is way too active in your life when you hear words like abandonment. Please don’t let him pull you down to his level. God said that He would never leave you nor forsake you if you desire relationship with Him. Remind Satan of that whenever you think you hear him pulling you down and away from God. Take your life in Jesus Christ seriously, for He has prepared a place for you in heaven, and only your rejection of His grace, His power, His love and His provisions will cause Him to let you go or abandon you.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: If we remain strong in our faith and continue the relationship that we first sought with our Master and Lord, then He will always stick closer than a brother until we reach the shores of Heaven.
PRAYER: Your grace and Your love is always admired and appreciated heavenly Father, and I thank You for sending Your Son so that I could live in expectation of the place You have prepared for me. Thank You Lord Jesus! You are known for Your consistency and for fulfilling Your promises, so please help us to always stay strong in our relationship with You, regardless of the temptations and threats received from the evil one. Of course, You will abandon the one who walks away from You and dismisses their relationship with You, but Lord, I stand on the promises of God, for I am committed to spending my whole life serving and honoring You until You call me home to glory. Please forgive me when I fail but help me to remain committed to always serving and loving You. Since a child, I was taught that Jesus never fails. I also believe that You will never abandon the one fully committed to You in life and desirous of being with You in glory. Lord, in Your wisdom, please speak to the hearts of those who have chosen to abandon You. Please don’t give up on them. As for the ones who have never invited You into their heart and lives, please speak intently to them once again today. AMEN!
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