The secret of great power!
Scripture reading for April 30: 2nd Chronicles 26-28
People are always curious when someone says that they know a secret that will make them young, rich, beautiful, successful or powerful. Many people have gotten rich selling secrets to these popular desires. Most of them are people who are playing on the selfish nature of man for their own benefit. We would do well to avoid them. But in today’s reading, we find a treasure from the Lord!
Do you want the secret of great power? Look at the Life of Jotham, the twenty five year old son of King Uzziah. This king did right in the eyes of the Lord. (2nd Chronicles 27:2) We have seen that this is always a good sign! The main event recorded of this king is a war with the Ammonites and it says that Jotham conquered them. (2nd Chronicles 27:5) After the conquest, he got a large amount of silver, wheat, and barley for several years.
The secret of his power is found in one verse that makes up a paragraph! “Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.” (2nd Chronicles 27:6) It is so simple that anyone can grasp this concept. Faithfulness is the first requirement of a good steward. Jotham was faithful and he kept the faith all of his life! It’s that simple! He served the Lord his God. God must be your God personally as well. He can’t be just the God of your father or mother. He can’t be just your nation’s God or your wife’s God. In order to serve steadfastly, you need to know God for yourself!
If you need to ask the Lord to be your God today, take time now and get right with Him. The path to great power starts with a heart commitment to the Lord in faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12) We must humbly confess our sins and our need of His grace. (1st John 1:9) We must believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and we will be saved. (Romans 10:9-11) All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ and He has good works for us to walk in. (Ephesians 2:8-10) If you continue in the faith, steadfast to the end, you will experience the greatest power available to man–God will raise you from the dead and you will live forever with Him! (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18) May the Lord bless you with great power!