Our Daily Bread Devotional August 23 2022 || ODB Today
READ TUESDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 23RD AUGUST 2022 WRITTEN BY TIM GUSTAFSON (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)
TOPIC: The Course of a Lifetime
KEY VERSE: Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. 2 Chronicles 24:2
2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.
13 The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it.
14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money to the king and Jehoiada, and with it were made articles for the Lord’s temple: articles for the service and for the burnt offerings, and also dishes and other objects of gold and silver. As long as Jehoiada lived, burnt offerings were presented continually in the temple of the Lord.
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15 Now Jehoiada was old and full of years, and he died at the age of a hundred and thirty.
16 He was buried with the kings in the City of David, because of the good he had done in Israel for God and his temple.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 113–115; 1 Corinthians 6
Our Daily Bread Devotional August 23 2022 INSIGHT
In the traditional Jewish order of Scripture, 1–2 Chronicles are placed as the last books of the Hebrew Bible—functioning as a summary of the Old Testament. First Chronicles begins with Adam (1:1) and 2 Chronicles concludes with Israel’s return from exile (36:22–23).
First and Second Chronicles retell much of the same history found in the books of Samuel and Kings but with a different focus. The Chronicles seek to give the returned exiles hope for the future by pointing to a coming Messiah through David’s line and restored worship in the temple. To inspire faithfulness to God and Scripture, the books of Chronicles also offer many character studies of both faithfulness and unfaithfulness. In 2 Chronicles 24, the high priest Jehoiada is a model of faithfulness, while King Joash was faithful only during Jehoiada’s lifetime, later persuaded by other officials to return to idolatry (vv. 17–18).
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Our Daily Bread Devotional August 23 2022 MESSAGE
“There are different questions a young artist can ask,” says singer-songwriter Linford Detweiler of eclectic folk duo Over the Rhine. “One is, ‘What must I do to be famous?’ ” Detweiler warns that such a goal “swings the door open to all manner of destructive forces from both within and without.” He and his wife have instead chosen a less flashy musical road in which they “continue to grow over the course of an entire lifetime.”
The name Jehoiada isn’t readily recognized, yet it’s synonymous with a lifetime of dedication to God. He served as priest during the reign of King Joash, who for the most part ruled well—thanks to Jehoiada.
When Joash was just seven years old, Jehoiada had been the catalyst in installing him as rightful king (2 Kings 11:1–16). But this was no power grab. At Joash’s coronation, Jehoiada “made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people” (v. 17). He kept his word, implementing badly needed reforms. “As long as Jehoiada lived, burnt offerings were presented continually in the temple of the Lord” (2 Chronicles 24:14). For his dedication, Jehoiada “was buried with the kings in the City of David” (v. 16).
Eugene Peterson calls such a God-focused life “a long obedience in the same direction.” Ironically, it’s such obedience that stands out in a world bent on fame, power, and self-fulfillment.
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REFLECT: How would you describe the direction of your life to this point? What changes might you want to ask God to help you make?
For further study, see Leadership Basics
PRAY: Dear God, help me pursue You and Your wisdom for my life instead of the fleeting things I’ve been seeking.
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