2 Kings 11:1-12:16
2 Kings 10:32-26
2 Chronicles 23:1-24:22
2 Chronicles 24:4, “Now it came about after this that Joash decided to restore the house of the Lord.”
Have you ever walked by a dilapidated, old theatre or previously majestic-looking building and pictured it restored to its days of glory? You can just imagine the outside lights, inner ambiance, plush carpet, and people’s energy buzzing all around. Now, picture the local church, and imagine the thought of it being in disrepair. It almost hurts to think about the place you attend weekly worship with its doors hanging off the hinges, paint peeling, and an unwelcoming appearance. Well, that is what was happening to today’s reading! Solomon’s glorious temple had been neglected and was desperately in need of restoration.
As we’ve read, Israel had fallen under the reign of terrible kings who’d led the nation in a downward spiral of idol worship and pagan practices. Finally, a new king, Joash, took the throne — and at only seven years old (and under the advisement of his priestly uncle) — he ordered God’s people to right their wrongs spiritually within their own lives and the temple.
What did the young king order? He ordered a chest be set up outside the temple in a great location for people to give as they felt led. And the people obliged, joyfully, and renewed their love and dedication to the Lord. Isn’t it true that sometimes it just takes a little push to get us back on track? To refresh our heart for God and give just as He gave His only Son for us?
Although your local church is unlikely in disrepair, you can help restore lives and rebuild families through generous giving. This thought is echoed in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart … for God loves a cheerful giver.” Remember this, and feel led to give with a joy-filled spirit to the only institution Jesus ever built — the local church!
God, Thank you for the example of Joash! Open my spirit to commit to You in new ways because I truly want to have a heart for Your house that others may seek new life in You and find ultimate restoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.