In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him. But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD, Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found. But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house. Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. (2 Kings 12:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: In today’s world, it seems that many want to be paid, but not do any work for that pay. When Johoash became king, by all accounts he wanted to do what was right before the Lord. He noticed that there were breaches in the house of the Lord. For some reason the house of God had been neglected and he wanted it fixed as this was part of the job of the priest. And so he told them to take the money and repair things. But after twenty-three years, he noticed that the breaches were still not fixed. And so he asked the priests why they had not repaired the breaches of the house. And he told them that they would now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. He said from now on, don’t take any money from the people for yourself; but what they give, you use it to fix the house of the Lord. As ministers of the gospel, we must repair the house of the Lord for truth. We are not hirelings. As men and women of God, chosen by Him, we must not allow it to become dilapidated. We must ensure that it is ready and well prepared at all times. As He said through the prophet Haggai, “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD” (Haggai 1:3-8). Have you considered what God chose you for? “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30). We must be diligent about the work He has called us to.
Sing: When He calls we I will answer. When He calls me I will hear. When He calls me I will answer, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord.
I’ll be somewhere working! I’ll be somewhere working! I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord. I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord.
Though For Today: Don’t ever let the fire go out in the altar!