2 Kings 10
Focus Verse: And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot. (16)
Can our zeal for the Lord and His righteousness be seen by others? I’ll admit that I don’t always go about doing stuff with great energy or enthusiasm. In fact, I am mostly languid in my approach to doing anything, but we should pray for God to give us passion for His work. May He set our hearts ablaze with Holy Spirit fire.
2 Kings 11
Focus Verse: But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. (2)
Despite being surrounded by evil people who did not love God at all: her grandmother was Jezebel, her grandfather was Ahab, her (step)mother was Athaliah, and her father was Joram; Jehosheba did not let them stop her from being a Godly woman. She did not let their wicked lifestyles be an example for her. She even married a Godly man – the high priest, Jehoiada. Jehosheba came from a family of unimaginable darkness, yet she managed to walk in the light.
2 Kings 12
Focus Verse: And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him. (2)
The last verse of chapter 11 says Jehoash was only seven years old when he began to reign as king. Even though he was only a child, Jehoash made a choice to follow the Lord instead of the wicked examples of some of his ancestors (particularly his grandmother, Athaliah). This shows that one is never to young to make a decision for Christ. No matter your age, you can determine in your heart that you are going to do what is right before God all the days of your life.
Focus Verse: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (3)
In Matthew 7, Jesus the Christ tells us to “ask, and it shall be given you.” However, this does not mean we can ask for anything we want and God will give it to us. God may delay in giving us something the first time we ask for it because the time is not right or because He knows we are not ready to receive it. That doesn’t mean we should stop asking; He wants us to be persistent and keep on asking until He decides to give it. At other times, God may refuse to give what we ask for because it is not in line with His will for our lives. Our requests should always end with Jesus’ prayerful words – “not as I will, but as you will.”