Treasures, Troubles and Trust

Bible Reading: Isaiah 21:11-17; 23; 34:5-17; 2 Kings 16:7-20; 18:1-7; 2 Chronicles 28:22-27

"And Ahaz took the silver and gold found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace and sent it as a gift to the king of Assyria" (2K 16:8).

This happened many times in the Old Testament: the treasures that belonged in the temple were given away as bribes to enemies. Sometimes we take the treasures God has given us and give them away for our own gain. We use the gifts God has enabled us with in every other area of our lives except in the church and for his service.

"In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord" (2C 28:22).

In my times of trouble, may I always turn TO God, and not AWAY from him. May I learn from my trials and use them as opportunities to grow and to draw closer to the Lord. Instead of letting my problems ruin me and make me bitter, may I let them refine me and make me blessed. In my time of trouble, may I become more faithful to the Lord.

"He (Hezekiah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it.... Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook" (2K 18:3-7).

Finally, another good king! He even removed the high places, unlike many of the other good kings. May I hold nothing back in my devotion to God. May I avoid focusing my eyes shortsightedly on the people and things God gives me to turn my eyes and heart to him, as the Israelites did to the bronze snake that was originally given to encourage them to turn their eyes to God. May I trust in the Lord, hold fast to him, and never cease to follow him. May I do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, and keep the commands he has given me. May his presence provide wisdom for every decision and strength for every day.