June 8 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina  

“Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.”
~2 Chronicles 27:6

The theological message of 2 Chronicles can be seen most clearly in these chapters. “As long as [Uzziah] sought the Lord, God gave him success” (2 Chron. 26:5). Then, “Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God” (2 Chron. 27:6). And, “[Ahaz] did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. . . . Therefore the Lord his God handed him over to the king of Aram” (2 Chron. 28:1, 5). There are clearly cycles of blessing and of cursing in these pages, all of which fulfill the pledge God gave to Moses and the people before they entered the land of promise (see Deuteronomy 28).

God blesses His people when they are faithful to do what He says, and He disciplines them when they turn away from Him. We must not forget that He does this for the good of His people and for the glory of His name. For God, these two concerns are bound up together. He wants what is best for His people, and what is best for His people is for them to live out the commands of Scripture, which are designed to bring blessing! Just as parents praise their children for making wise choices and correct their children for making harmful choices, so does the Father reward and discipline as needed. He disciplines those He loves (Heb. 12:6).

I think that one of the most important convictions we can develop is this: the good life is the God life. In other words, the way to live a happy, successful, blessed life is to follow the Lord wholeheartedly. Here the Chronicler conveys that message to the exiled community so that they will return to the Lord and experience blessing. Even the painful trials that come into our lives, as in the stories of Job or of Jesus, are used by a sovereign Lord for our good, the good of others, and the glory of God. May God give us the faith and strength to do what He says, and to enjoy the good life!

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.