• Solomon Builds the Temple Devotional

    2 Chronicles 3

    Matthew Henry points to the carved cherubim in today’s passage, encouraging us with the hope that “the thought that we are worshiping him before whom the angels cover their faces will help to inspire us with reverence in all our approaches to God.” We should approach God in worship with reverence and awe, as the angels do. God is worthy of such worship in both our private and corporate praise. View Resource

  • The Ark Comes to the Temple Devotional

    2 Chronicles 5:1–6:11

    Our omnipresent Creator is not confined to any one place. However, He did make His presence felt in a special way in the old covenant temple. Today He is “enthroned on the praises of Israel” (Ps. 22:3). When God’s people gather for worship, they can be sure of the Lord’s presence among them. Let us keep that in mind this Lord’s Day and always so that we might understand what is happening in our worship. View Resource

  • The Arts and the Worship Space Devotional

    2 Chronicles 5:1

    Some professing Christians neglect public worship, saying that they can worship God anywhere, even while sitting on the beach. While it is true that God can be worshiped anywhere, we are not to neglect the corporate worship of God’s people. No matter the kind of building your church worships in, do not neglect the weekly worship of God alongside your fellow believers. View Resource

  • Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication Devotional

    2 Chronicles 6:12–42

    God cannot be confined to a particular space, but He does meet with His people in particular spaces. When we gather for worship, the Lord meets with us, and we enjoy His presence. It is fitting to build church sanctuaries for these gatherings, as they help form our expectations for meeting God in worship. But we must remember that the Lord meets His people wherever they come together for worship. View Resource

  • The Temple Celebration Devotional

    2 Chronicles 7

    Matthew Henry comments on 2 Chronicles 7:14 that “pardoning mercy makes way for healing mercy.” We cannot expect the Lord to fix the problems in the church if we are unwilling to turn from our sin and rest in His grace. But if we turn from our wickedness and commit ourselves to following God’s ways, He will heal divisions in the church, expose false teaching, and do all else necessary to restore His people. View Resource

  • A More Permanent Tabernacle Devotional

    2 Chronicles 7:11–22

    God has met us face-to-face in Jesus, and we can be assured that He will never leave the temple that He is building in His Son with us as living stones (1 Peter 2:1–11). Let us not take this truth for granted but draw near to Him in repentance and faith, asking Him to empower us for service. As we meet with others for worship, let us urge them to do the same that we might be a part of the holy temple that God is making His church to be. View Resource

  • Solomon’s Accomplishments and Renown Devotional

    2 Chronicles 8:1–9:12

    Solomon’s reign shows us that God is not opposed to richly blessing His people. Although great riches and fame are not guaranteed to God’s people, neither are they inherently incompatible with faithful service to Him. The Lord often rewards His people materially when they serve Him. While we should not serve God merely to secure material blessings, we should also not be ashamed when we are faithful to God and He blesses us materially. View Resource

  • Rehoboam’s Reign Devotional

    2 Chronicles 11:5–12:16

    God relented because Judah listened to His word through the prophet Shemaiah and turned to Him in repentance. When we hear from the Word of God about our sin, the proper response is repentance. If we do not repent when our sins are revealed, we may face harsh discipline from the Lord. View Resource

  • The Folly of Fighting the Lord Devotional

    2 Chronicles 13

    The Bible closes with the redeemed people of God worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth (Rev. 21). As we worship the Lord rightly, we prepare for that final day, and we are assured that Christ will defeat all His and our enemies. Taking the right worship of the Lord seriously is not a trifling matter, for God is on the side of those who rightly praise His name and seek His honor. View Resource

  • King Asa of Judah Devotional

    2 Chronicles 14

    Scripture calls us to pray with confidence and boldness (e.g., Heb. 4:16). However, persisting in sin and disobedience makes it hard for us to do this, for we understand that God’s answers to our prayers often are connected to our faithfulness. So, when we are unfaithful, we may be hesitant to ask great things of God. Seeking to obey the Lord, and repenting regularly when we fall short, allows us to pray with the humble boldness God wants from us. View Resource

  • Asa’s Religious Reforms Devotional

    2 Chronicles 15

    Jesus says that we are not worthy of Him if we love our mother or father more than we love Him (Matt. 10:37). Practically speaking, one of the things this means is that we cannot let our love for our parents allow us to overlook their idolatry. In other words, we, like Asa, must be willing to bear witness to our parents to the truth of the one true God if they reject Him, and we cannot let our love for our relatives move us to join them in rejecting the Lord. View Resource

  • Asa Stumbles Devotional

    2 Chronicles 16:1–17:1

    Matthew Henry comments, “God governs the world in infinite wisdom, and the creatures, and all their actions, are continually under his eye.” We who are servants of the Lord should take great comfort from this, for it means the Lord cannot fail to see our faithfulness. It should also warn us that He cannot fail to see our unfaithfulness. May we let that move us to serve the Lord truly and faithfully so that we do not miss His blessing. View Resource

  • Jehoshaphat’s Successes Devotional

    2 Chronicles 17

    It takes wisdom to choose the right associations. While we want to be as generous and open as possible, we cannot be spiritually united with those who profess faith in Christ and yet jettison key tenets of orthodoxy. We cannot pursue peace at the expense of truth. Let us pray for wisdom and for the courage never to spiritually align ourselves with idolaters who claim the name of Christ in a way that might make others think that their aberrant views are true. View Resource

  • A Lying Spirit from the Lord Devotional

    2 Chronicles 18

    Second Chronicles 18 reminds us that God is to be feared. He is gracious and will not refuse anyone who turns to Him in faith. But He is also holy, and He will not continue sending His truth to those who persistently reject it. So, we must strive to obey the Lord whenever we hear from His Word and repent when we see our failures. We dare not think that the Lord will accept us if we persistently reject Him and the Savior He provides, Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Battle Devotional

    2 Chronicles 20

    To cry out earnestly for God’s help, we must know our need for it. C.H. Spurgeon says in his sermon “The Singing Army” that “one of the most prevailing arguments to be used in prayer with God is a truthful statement of our condition—a confession of our sad estate.” When we cry out to God for assistance and forgiveness, let us confess our powerlessness. Then, we can stand back and watch as He—in His time—defeats all His and our enemies. View Resource