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II Chronicles 19:6-7 ” He told them, ‘Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality, or bribery.’ “

King Jehoshaphat was appointing judges for the land…wanting them to realize the seriousness of their positions and the influence they would have over the people.  His admonition against bias and prejudice is repeat, I found, within the Oath of Office for the Supreme Court Justices –  the highest Court of the land in the USA.  The oath reads as follows,   ” I,_________, do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as________ under the Constitution and Laws of the United States; and that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.  So help me God.”                                        May the fear of the Lord direct them.

II Chronicles 6:7-9 ” My father David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the Lord said to my father, David, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a temple for My Name, you did well to have this in your heart. Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, who is your own flesh and blood – he is the one who will build the temple for My name.’ “

Just because you have a desire and passion for something doesn’t mean you’re the one to accomplish it.   David was one of Israel’s most famous kings, and the Lord had laid on his heart the desire to build a temple…a permanent place for the glory of the Lord to dwell.  But God had different plans for him.              I Chronicles 28:3 says, “But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ ”  David was a man of war, where his son Solomon, the successor to his throne, was a man of peace.  Now David might have felt  he needed to be the one to build the temple, but he didn’t argue with God.  He then understood that his job was to do the preliminary planning…and before he died, David had procured and amassed many of the building materials needed so that his son Solomon could then start the project.  For many of us, we’re God’s preliminary planners…we have God’s vision and the passion for the task at hand.  But our job is that of prayer and intercession…for God has in mind someone else to fulfill the mission.

II Chronicles 33:16-17 ” Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrified fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. The people , however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.”

God had been very specific to Moses on where and how to sacrifice offerings to Him. (Leviticus 17:3-5)  But the people had fallen into the habit of worshiping at the high places of false gods instead…and it became Israel’s pitfall.  Even King Solomon became too comfortable and apathetic about where he worshiped God…for it tells us in I Kings 3:3, “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.”  By using the altars of false gods, the Jewish people were unwittingly incorporating and melding deceptive ideology into their worship of the one true God.

II Chronicles 20:15 ” He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ “

The biggest cripplers of our Christian walk are fear and doubt.  They effectively incapacitate and render us useless for the Lord, and are the favorite tools in Satan’s arsenal.  God says, “Fear not!”,  but instead, our eyes are fixated on the trouble around us and we freeze – paralyzed in fear.  He says, “The battle is Mine not yours”,  but we doubt, and surrender before we’ve even started to fight.   When we operate in fear and doubt, we’re rejecting and denying God and His power.  And even today if I asked you, there’s probably something that fear and doubt are holding you back from doing in your life.  Satan loves fear and doubt…but he’s also anxious…for he knows that if Believers would conquer their inner doubt and fear and grasp a hold of God’s truths…they could change the world for Christ.

II Chronicles 6:14 “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven or on earth – You who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.”

It’s all about the relationship.  In any kind of relationship hopefully there’s give and take… communication and mutual respect…connection and co-operation.   But our relationship with the Lord is totally unique from any we have here on earth.  God’s covenant relationship with us is binding and unbreakable…bought by the blood of Jesus Christ…while we were yet sinners.  And His loving kindness and mercy towards us has nothing to do with how good we are…for it is a free gift.  So think about it…the relationship we have with our Lord is really rather lopsided, with Him giving so much more to us than we could ever give back.  This covenant of love that flows between God and us  gives us a purpose in life… and as we commit our heart, soul, and strength to Him, we are ever being  changed from the inside out.

II Chronicles 31: 20-21 ” This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s Temple and in obedience to the Law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

King Hezekiah sought God’s ultimate plan and purpose in his life.  He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and followed His Word carefully.  It says that he sought the Lord wholeheartedly in all he did…and in doing so, he blessed many and in turn was greatly blessed by God.

II Chronicles 31:5 ” As soon as the order went out, the Isralites generously gave the fristfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.”

The other day I helped at the local Food Pantry organizing all the donated food that’s coming in this time of the year from the  many food drives going on… there was a mountain of food to find a place for.  It struck me how  willingly and joyfully  the people of this area are in donating to this great cause…and because of their generous nature, many will have food on their tables this holiday season.  We can’t be tight-fisted, just giving the bare minimum  of what we have to others…for it’s really not ours in the first place…the Lord has blessed us with it.  Instead, we need to be happy and glad to give, for it tells us in II Corinthians 9:7, “God loves a cheerful giver.”  This Scripture shows us that they gave generously of all they had, not holding back but giving with a open hand and a big heart.  I pray we may become that type of people.