Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 5
Think back to a day in your life that was monumental. Some of those days could include getting your license, getting married, having your first kid, or so many other things. When you look back on those memories, what kind of feelings do you get? Often, we use those monumental moments in our lives to remind us of the ‘good ole days’ and it usually brings a smile to our face.
If you remember, Chronicles is a retelling of what is happening to the nation of Israel. 2 Chronicles 5 serves as a reminder of the day when Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant into the Temple. This event is first recorded in 1 Kings 8. This moment for the people of Israel is a monumental moment. God finally has a permanent dwelling place. This passage reminds us of how big this moment was. Everyone was there (v. 2-6a), animals were being sacrificed (v. 6b), music was being played (v. 12-13). God had made His permanent dwelling place in the land that He had promised to give to Abraham.
For Israel though, the recounting of this probably does not bring them joy, because they realized that what they once had, now they have lost. By the end of 2 Chronicles, Jerusalem had been captured and burned, and the Temple was destroyed. The people of Israel had God dwelling in their midst, but lost it because of their rebellion.
Maybe today, you are feeling as if God is distant from you. Maybe there are some things going on in life that have caused you to push Him away. Maybe you aren’t loving God like you used to. My plea with you is to look back at what God has done in your life. Remember how He has provided and blessed you. Do not be like Israel and recognize you lost something that was so good. Instead, turn back to God and allow Him to work in your life.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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