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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
2 Chronicles 30:26
There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
The joy mentioned in this passage was a result of King Hezekiah returning the Passover celebration to the people of Judah. You may not think much about it, but Passover was the first of three HUGE high feast days in Israel, including Pentecost and Atonement. The reason why this was so significant was it had been about 240 years since the people had been allowed to celebrate it. After King Solomon’s death, the people of Israel split into the ten northern tribes and the people of Judah. Hezekiah brought back religious celebration that, in turn, brought back the blessing and power of God upon the people.
The ten northern tribes known as Israel were never really the same after the split. They battled a mixture of foreign gods being idolized in their midst and kings that, for the most part, were wicked. Yet, Judah was more on again and off again. In other words, they’d have a good king, and then they’d have a lousy king. Either way, they knew by reading their history that they were the people of God. They were, in fact, the apple of God’s eye. It causes one to wonder why they didn’t just serve God and live the high life! And “Why Did It Take So Long” for them to figure it out? Now that brings this short devotional to you and me. Don’t we sometimes do the same thing? And “Why Does It Take So Long” for us to come back to serving the Lord. Never forget, following God always brings divine favor.
This AM, I want to reaffirm my love for You. I also acknowledge the times that, like Israel, I thought I had a better idea. In those times, I was ALWAYS wrong, and it NEVER worked out for me. Thank You for always welcoming me back to sanity. Amen