God is ready, willing and fully able to fight our battles; but are we too busy for Him to do so? He does not need us to help Him. He only needs us to be still.
2 Chronicles 15
Focus Verse: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (7)
Asa was doing the right thing. God sent Azariah to encourage him to continue doing the right thing. If we are wholeheartedly following God, it will not be easy, but God does not want us to give up. He wants us to be strong and take courage. In the end, our good work will be rewarded. What we do for the Lord is not done in vain.
2 Chronicles 13
Focus Verse: The Israelites were subdued on that occasion, and the people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors. (18)
Because Abijah and the people of Judah had not forsaken the Lord, they were confident that He would fight for them and give them the victory over Jeroboam and the Israelites. Jeroboam’s army had 400,000 more men than Abijah’s army, but they were still defeated because they failed to realize that one (or a few) with God are a majority. It is useless for humans to fight against God.
2 Chronicles 10
Focus Verse: He followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” (14)
We can be thankful that the God we serve is the direct opposite of human beings. When the weary and burdened Israelites came to Rehoboam, he had no compassion. But when weary and burdened sinners come to Jesus, He eases our yokes and lightens our burdens. We serve a gentle and humble King who is more than happy to bring rest to our restless souls.
Throughout history, ruler after ruler has thought that heavy-handed force, nonstop work and hard-and-fast rules would win them the affection and loyalty of their people. They thought that building on a foundation of hate and oppression would cause their kingdom to last forever. They were wrong. Napoléon Bonaparte said, “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.”
Kindness still rules. Love is always greater.
2 Chronicles 7
Focus Verse: The Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. (12)
Many years ago, God heard the prayer of Solomon. Today, He hears your prayer too. His eyes are open and aware of your needs, wants, hopes and dreams. His ears are attentive to your requests and praise.
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2 Chronicles 4
Focus Verse: And Huram also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of God. (11)
Whatever we start for the Lord, we should finish. Huram finished the work he started for the Lord’s temple. On the cross, the last words of Christ were “It is finished.” He completed the task that God put Him on earth to do. God created us and put us on earth to do a great work for Him. Let us be sure to start it and see it through to the end so that we can say with Paul “I have finished the race; I have kept the faith!”
2 Chronicles 1
Focus Verse: Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great. (1)
Solomon wasn’t great because he was David’s son. He wasn’t great because of his own hard work or ingenuity. Solomon was great because God made him great.