Power for Today
Just One Old Man2 Chronicles 26 (NIV)
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ. They risked their lives for me (Romans 16:3-4, NIV)
TWO KINGS and a queen of Judah for the previous fifteen years had been worshippers of the heathen gods, Baal and Ashteroth. They knew the commandments that said "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" and "Thou shalt not make any graven images," but they ignored the commandments.
An old priest by the name of Jehoida, when he was about one hundred years old arranged a palace coup and had Joash, a seven-year-old heir to the throne, installed as king. Together they opposed Baal worship. They repaired the temple of Jehovah and restored the daily sacrifices required by Moses. Money was collected by free-will offerings to pay for the masons, carpenters, and workers in iron and bronze. They replaced the temple furnishings of gold and silver. It was a brief, bright episode in the dark decline of Judah led by a great old man in his nineties.
When Jehoida died, though he was not a king, they buried him with the kings in the city of David. We each have known some great old servant of God who has blessed his or her generation. Let us remember and give thanks for such people.
Lord, help us each one in our own little way to make a contribution to Your kingdom. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
- TED H. WALLER, Lebanon, Tennessee