Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 15
I want to highlight the example of holy boldness we see in Azariah, son of Oded. It certainly takes some courage to speak the kinds of things he did, but Azariah was faithful to the work God had assigned to him, and great things came about. If we are obedient, we will be used by God to bring about the same peace and restoration to the people God has placed in our paths. I’m compelled by this chapter to seek the Lord all the more diligently, and to go boldly wherever he leads me, calling others to run to God as well. It’s important to note too, that God’s Spirit is what will give us the words we ought to speak and then empower them to accomplish the work he has intended. It’s HIS Spirit in us—only because HE IS WITH US. Let’s be bold like Azariah.
By his example, it’s clear that being bold in our obedience to God’s call will yield much fruit in the lives of people and accomplish things for the Kingdom. Azariah began by reminding the Israelites of the generations past, who, though they were God’s people, rejected Him and began serving idols. This practice of false worship caused a long season of great turmoil for the whole nation. There was much vexation and no peace. But God’s mercy shows up when he sends a servant to call his people to repentance, saying to them, “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded,” (v. 7). Asa hears this message from God and responds with true obedience, putting away all the detestable idols in the whole land and bringing his people to enter into a covenant with the Lord.
1. Take courage.
2. Do not let your hands be weak,
…for your work shall be rewarded
What I’m taking away from this chapter are these thoughts: We must take courage. Where does courage come from? From the Lord, of course. Leaning on His word, we trust and obey Him. And where we are weak, He makes up for where we lack. Secondly, we must work hard. We must be vigilant to uproot idolatry as quickly as we notice it. We can’t take a break from pursuing to know God or maintaining spiritual wellness if we want to be useful to God and producing fruit in his Kingdom. The easiest way for a Christian to be neutralized is for an idol to seize God’s throne on that Christian’s heart.
It is good to be close to God, to renew our devotion to the Lord. If you find yourself in need of repenting, don’t delay. There is no life for you in sin, and the rewards of restoration are so worth it.
“Better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere…” Psalm 84:10
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Acts 3:19-20
Posted by: Taylor Gilliam- West Campus worship intern