The King’s Covenant

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 29:1-11   When Hezekiah looked at all the problems in his nation, he didn’t just push for more laws or tougher laws, or build up the strength of his army. He did something most political leaders would never think of doing; he opened the doors of the temple and instructed the priests to consecrate themselves, so that they could once again lead the nation in worship. Hezekiah realized that the nation’s most serious problems were spiritual …

He Started Right!

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 28:22-27, 2 Chronicles 29:1-3   Hezekiah was one of the best of the later kings of Judah in spite of the fact that his father was one of Judah’s most wicked kings. Ahaz worshiped idols and closed the temple of God, but his son, Hezekiah, did what was right and opened the temple so that the true God could be worshiped there again. Hezekiah started right by letting everyone around him know from the very beginning …

Our Eyes are Upon You

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 20:5-13   If you remember no other texts from these devotionals, I hope you will remember the marvelous statement of faith found here in verse 12. What a great prayer to pray when you get “down in the dumps” or feel that the forces of evil are winning the battle. Jehoshaphat prayed: “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do …

How To Get Ready for Trouble

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 20:1-9   What do you do when you know that trouble is coming your way? Do you try to head it off and deal with the problem before it gets too big to handle? Or, do you try to hide from it and hope it will go away? Today, we read about a time of great trouble during the days when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah. Three enemy nations were marching toward him to attack and …

Pray for Godly Leaders

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 17:1-11   The books of 1 and 2 King and 1 and 2 Chronicles tell how Israel was divided into two nations: Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. Because the northern kingdom turned away from God, it did not survive. Judah, however, had many kings who were faithful to God, and the nation was blessed because of them. How important is godly leadership! Jehoshaphat, like his father Asa, was a good and godly …

But as For You . . . Part 2

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 15:7-15   One quality that should set Christians apart from the world is the focus of our lives. Under Asa’s leadership, God’s people began to worship and give back to God out of the abundance of blessings they had received. These people did not come to worship for what they might get out of it. That’s a popular attitude toward worship today. Instead, their worship was filled with a desire to give to the Lord, and …