Open Our Eyes, Lord


S (Scripture): 2 Chronicles 22:10
When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she was determined to destroy the entire royal line of Judah. 11 So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked him away from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. So Jehoshabeath the daughter of King Jehoram, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah so she could not execute him. 12 He remained in hiding in God’s temple for six years, while Athaliah was ruling over the land…

23:1 In the seventh year Jehoiada made a bold move. He made a pact with the officers of the units of hundreds…

They came to Jerusalem, 3 and the whole assembly made a covenant with the king in the temple of God. Jehoiada said to them, “The king’s son will rule, just as the Lord promised David’s descendants….”

9 Jehoiada the priest gave to the officers of the units of hundreds King David’s spears and shields that were kept in God’s temple. 10 He placed the men at their posts, each holding his weapon in his hand. They lined up from the south side of the temple to the north side and stood near the altar and the temple, surrounding the king. 11 Jehoiada and his sons led out the king’s son and placed on him the crown and the royal insignia. They proclaimed him king and poured olive oil on his head. They declared, “Long live the king!”

O (Observation):  Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah was frustrated that her son, the king of Judah, died.  She was angry with God and wanted to destroy David’s lineage.  So, some folks hid Ahaziah’s son, Joash, so that he would not be killed by Athaliah.   

For 6 years, Joash was hidden and cared for, but then the priest, Jehoida, developed a plan to bring the king back into his rightful position.  He gave weapons to his allies and they anointed Joash in the temple.  

A (Application):  Sometimes, you just have no control over the situation.   You don’t know all the machinations of moving parts all around you and you just live oblivious to or powerless to the actions around you.  

The scriptures here are silent to Joash’s realization of what was going on.  He was hidden.  And then, 6 years later, he’s ushered in as king.  

Sometimes, God puts the people around you to make things happen.    

A part of the vision statement for the congregation I serve is: “to help each other discover the path God has chosen for us”.   God as hopes and dreams for each of us.  God sees each of us with purpose and calling.  

When Jesus tells the disciples to “be perfect” in Matthew 5:48, he’s talking about living your life in such a way that you are to be the YOU God called you to be!   

God gives us grace in the form of a calling and in the form of people around you.  We simply receive the grace and mercy.  We need but open our eyes to discern where God has been moving about us.  

P (Prayer):  Lord, open my eyes.  Help me to help others discover their paths.  Amen. 

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