2 Kings 11:1-12:162 Kings 10:32-262 Chronicles 23:1-24:222 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 it being in disrepair. It almost hurts to think about your place of worship with doors hanging off the hinges, paint peeling, and an unwelcoming appearance. Well, that is what was happening in 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 ordered God’s people to right their wrongs. He ordered a chest be set up outside the temple 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 motivate us to give, just as He has given to us?Although you attend a local church that’s 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 let God lead you to give with joy 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 so others can find a new life in You and ultimate restoration In Jesus’ name, Amen.