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2 Chr 24:5 …the Levites did not do it quickly…

Then he gathered the priests and the Levites, and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you do it quickly.” However the Levites did not do it quickly.  2 Chr 24:5 

Joash initiated the collection of money for the re-construction of the temple. He tasked the priests and Levites to do it. But for some reason, the Levites “..did not do it quickly..

Their priorities did not seem to be aligned to that of Joash’s. They were probably busy with many other things. Gathering the required funds for the repair of God’s house was, for some reason, not on their list of priorities.

Are we similarly busy with many things in our lives? Have we clearly established our priorities? How should we set our priorities? It is clear from here that things that have to do with our spiritual well being and things pertaining to God ought to be highest on our list of priorities. We ought to do these things “quickly” instead of “dragging our feet” like how the Levites responded. Let us examine ourselves.

2 Chr 25:2 …doing right but not with a loyal heart….

And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord , but not with a loyal heart.            2 Chr 25:2

Observe that what the bible recorded here in 2 Chr 25:2 – Amaziah “…did was right in the eyes of God, but not with a loyal heart.

What does this mean? Very simply – we can behave in a Godly manner not because we love God and want to please Him, but because we do so for other motives and reasons.

This is a timely reminder for us to examine ourselves. Why do we perform Godly duties? If the motives for our Godly actions are not genuinely out of love for God, they will not be sustainable. Soon, our true motives will be exposed as we saw them in the life of Amaziah in 2 Chr 25.

Serving God reverently – Num 20:12

Numbers 20:12 “Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.””

Numbers 20:12 provides us with a chilling reminder of the holy requirements of Christian leadership. Moses & Aaron were not given the privilege to lead Israel into the promised land. Reason: they did not reverend God before the people. 

The people were unreasonable. They acted faithlessly in spite of all the miracles they had witnessed. They were angry. They were obviously provoking an angry response from their leader. Hence, Moses held an “angry” posture, striking the rock instead of speaking to it as God instructed. And God was not pleased with such behaviour in His presence.

I am reminded that as leaders attempting to do good & having good intentions for God’s church, we have to let God act and not demonstrate our unhappiness by our behaviour or response. We need to be reverend before God & demonstrate Godly fear always. This is regardless of how difficult the people we are trying to lead may be. No excuses. If we conduct ourselves wrongly in this aspect, we are wrong. There can be no excuses as we read of Moses’ account of this matter in Deut 3:26 ““But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the LORD said to me: ‘Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter.” 

Let us prayerfully seek the help of the Holy Spirit & not give way to the devil when we serve God.