Time: 10:27 AM
Readings: 2 Chronicles, chapters 21-25
“Following the king’s orders, they made a chest and placed it at the entrance to the Temple of God. Then they sent out a tax notice throughout Judah and Jerusalem: ‘Pay the tax that Moses the servant of God set when Israel was in the wilderness.’ The people and their leaders were glad to do it and cheerfully brought their money until the chest was full.”
2 Chronicles 24:8-10
- At this point in 2 Chronicles, the people are ruled by king Joash who was taught and trained by a priest by the name of Jehoiada. Jehoiada was a positive influence on king Joash and influenced him to re-build the Temple of God. However once Jehoiada died, king Joash took up with evil people and was influenced to follow in their ways.
- This verse and subsequent chapter act as a reminder to surround yourself with people who have a positive and inspiring love for God. There’s a saying that we become like the 5 people we spend the most time with… so it’s important that those 5 people are pulling you closer to God and not farther away. King Joash is an example of someone who got pulled away.
I have a busy day ahead, but I’m glad this devotional has centered my thoughts on God before getting it started 🙂