‘King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, “May the Lord see this and call you to account.”’ 2 Chronicles 24.22
One of the most telling aspects of this particular account is the contrast between
the son’s dying words and those of Jesus. In this story, the dying son asks for the actions of the King to be held against him, whereas when Jesus, the Son of God, died he asked that those killing him would be forgiven (Luke 23.34).
As you ponder this difference, your perception of God’s attitude towards you might be challenged. For some people, the sense of God always being present is not particularly comforting as they suspect that he is watching their every move, recording their failings and that he will indeed call them to account for every one of them. If you tend to think like this, then you are listening to the wrong dying son. Jesus is present with you at all times, but not as one watching and disapproving. Instead he enjoys being with you, is seeking to empower you for the things ahead, and whose forgiveness of you has been totally proved.
The presence of Jesus is something in which you can truly rejoice and not fear. Take a moment to make these words your own: “Jesus, I rejoice in your presence with me now.”
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