At the king’s command, a chest was made and placed outside, at the gate of the temple of the LORD. A proclamation was then issued in Judah and Jerusalem that they should bring to the LORD the tax that Moses the servant of God had required of Israel in the desert. All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full. Whenever the chest was brought in by the Levites to the king’s officials and they saw that there was a large amount of money, the royal secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and carry it back to its place. They did this regularly and collected a great amount of money. The king and Jehoiada gave it to the men who carried out the work required for the temple of the LORD. They hired masons and carpenters to restore the LORD’s temple, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the temple.
The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it. (2 Chronicles 24:8-13)
Meditation Thought: Sometimes repairs are needed to our hearts as well as to our facilities.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for our wonderful facility at Missouri Street. I thank You for the generous hearts of our church family in years gone by. Without their gifts, we would not have the place of worship we have today. I pray that when we need to make repairs, we will give so we can continue to have a place to worship Your holy name. But more importantly, we pray that You will repair our hearts when they are broken. Give us wisdom to see when repairs are needed in our lives, so our bodies – our temples – can be a holy dwelling place for You. In Jesus I pray, Amen.