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Devotional - week of April 7, 2002


KINGS IN LITTLE ROOMS

But Jehosheba … took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away… and they hid him …  in the bedroom … So he was hidden … for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.  2 Kings 11:2-3

Upon the death of King Ahaziah of Judah, his mother, Athaliah, had all the heirs to the throne killed—she and others  thought. So she reigned over Judah for the next six years.

However, Jehosheba, Ahaziah’s sister, had hidden Joash, infant son of Ahaziah and the one remaining heir to the throne of Judah, in a room in the temple.

At the end of six years, Jehoidah, a priest and the husband of Jehosheba, conceived a plan to kill Athaliah. The plan worked. Joash, released from his cramped quarters, was crowned king of Judah.

The hidden years of Joash illustrate the spiritual condition of many believers. Read the following burst of praise to the Lord Jesus

For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9b-10a

Jesus redeemed us to live as kings. If we sense we are “kings in little rooms,” let us break down those walls of limitation and frustration created by our flesh, Satan, and the world.

We can! Paul writes:

… those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:17b

.We only need to receive—and the tense of the verb indicates continual action—abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.

We continue to receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness as we continue to live out the five imperatives of Romans 6:11-13.