2 Chronicles 1 & 2
2 Chronicles 1 & 2:
A Blank Check with God
2 Chronicles begins with the reign of Solomon. One of his first orders of business was to build the temple that his father David had desired to build.
Also, in chapter 1 God appeared to him and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Wow! Can you imagine a blank check on the First National Bank of God? Of course, we know that Solomon asked for wisdom which God gave him in abundance to say the least! People came from far and wide to see it for themselves! But because his prayer was for something pleasing to God, God blessed him with riches and honor, as well.
But what if Solomon’s request had contradicted God’s will? Would God still have answered? God always answers, but remember sometimes God’s answer is “no”!
In reality, as believers, we have the same “blank check” with God. John 15.7 says:
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
The question is, “Are we abiding in Him so that our hearts and desires are in line with His purposes in the earth?” You see, God always answers prayer, but the promise to “have what you desire” is conditional. Your desires must come out of abiding in Him. Even then, He may not always answer when and how you want Him to because He sees the big picture. Isaiah 55.8-9:
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
What goes around comes around
God stepped back and let those He loved suffer the consequences of choosing to go their own way. There may be people in our lives who are suffering the consequences of their sinful choices.
When it’s someone who has sinned against us, it’s tempting to have a “what-goes-around-comes-around” attitude. But we’re to guard ourselves against that attitude. We’re not to rejoice in unrighteousness, but to rejoice when the truth of God prevails (1 Cor. 13.6). Galatians 6.1 warns us:
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
On the other hand, when the person suffering is someone we love like a child, a friend, or a sibling, it’s tempting to wonder where God is. When that person is a believer, we need to remember that God disciplines us because He loves (Heb. 12.6) and with believers and unbelievers alike He uses consequences to bring people to the end of themselves so they’ll see their need for Him (Lk. 15.11-24).
Who can say …
Verse 9, “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin’?”
Or as Paul put it in Romans, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and “There is not one righteous, no not one!” Any goodness in us is Him!
Baptized in the Spirit
We were all “baptized into Christ” (Rom. 6.3; Gal. 3.27) when we were saved, but we’re also commanded to be “filled with the Spirit” on a continual basis (Eph. 5.18). To be “filled with the Spirit” is to let the Word of Christ richly dwell within us (Col. 3.16), so much so, that it produces a walk of obedience and spills out on those around us.
What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:
What do you pray for? Are you abiding in Christ and His Word so that your prayers are permeated with a desire to please and honor Him?
What is your attitude toward those who are suffering the consequences of sin? Do you have to guard against a self-righteous attitude or are you tempted to question the goodness of God, especially when it’s someone you love?
What are you doing to be filled with the Spirit? How do you let the Word of Christ richly dwell with you?
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