2 Chronicles 24
Focus Verse: Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. (2)
Joash’s heart was not truly committed to God. He only did what was right when Jehoiada the priest was living. But as soon as Jehoiada died, Joash turned his back on God and forgot about doing what was right. He even had Jehoiada’s son, Zechariah, murdered in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. As young people, it is important that we know God for ourselves, that we love God for ourselves and that we have chosen on our own to follow Him. Would we stop going to church if our parents suddenly dropped off the scene? Would we stop studying the Bible if our youth group leader suddenly died? Has going off to a college campus made us forget God in order to be liked or popular?
2 Chronicles 25
Focus Verse: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly. (2)
Amaziah did a little better than his father, Joash, but he still was not truly committed to God either. He did not do what was right with his whole heart. Even after God helped him to be victorious in a battle against Seir, he turned his back on God and worshiped other false gods. As a result, he was destroyed. God can’t stand lukewarm Christians. He would rather that we be ALL IN for Him or ALL OUT against Him. If we are not wholeheartedly committed to God, we will eventually stop following Him altogether.
2 Chronicles 26
Focus Verse: He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. (5)
Uzziah, the son of Amaziah and the grandson of Joash, did much better than his father and grandfather; but even he did not follow God all the days of his life. Because he sought the Lord in his young days as king of Judah, God gave him success. The Lord is not far from anyone of us. If we truly seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him and be blessed by Him. However, verse 16 of this chapter tells us that after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He forgot the One Who had given him success. Because he became unfaithful to the Lord his God, he was afflicted with leprosy until the day he died.
Wealth, success and power has felled many a pious soul. Once we arrive at the top, it is so easy for us to forget that it was God who helped us get there. We do not intend to get puffed up with pride. We do not intend to turn our backs on God, but somehow we do. This is why we must seek God daily, not only when we are in need, but even when we have everything we could ever want.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Focus Verse: And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (14)
Beware of darkness that comes veiled in light, of people who hide their evil intentions by doing good works. Many are Christians in name only, but God said we will know His true followers by their fruit. This fruit includes the things they say, the things they do, their attitude toward God and the way they treat others. Satan will not come to us as the devil that he is; he will often disguise himself as something or someone good that we desire in order to get us to follow him instead of God.