Serve God and reap the reward. King Jotham reigned when the act of wickedness was persistent in the land of Judah; however, the king chose not to follow the footsteps of the wicked kings that preceded him.
Jotham served God well in righteousness, and since he was so different, God honored him specially.
God helped Jotham to be exceptionally great among other kings in his region. The scripture reported,
“He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord, and he built extensively the wall of Ophel.
Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and he built fortresses and towers on the wooded hills. He fought also with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed over them so that the Ammonites gave him during that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat and ten thousand of barley.
The Ammonites also paid him this amount in the second and in the third year. So Jotham became mighty because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God” (2 Chronicles 27:3-6 NASB).
Lesson on Dare to Be Different: Serve God In Righteousness
It is a good thing to serve God. Anyone who honors God especially will also receive special treatment from God.
Meanwhile, an effort to take the extra steps for God may be challenging sometimes.
Different kinds of pressure may rise to challenge our decisions to specially honor God; people may hate us, and we might be abused.
Meanwhile, since our God deserves nothing but special honor, we should not yield to the pressure of any kind.
Instead, we should transform our trials to become motivating factors that would make us honor God at all costs.
If we demonstrate unwavering faith, Jehovah will honor us beyond measures, and he will make his face shine on us.
Prayer On being Different and Serve God In Righteousness
Dear God, please help me to focus on serving you according to expectations.
Help me to make serving you a true God my priority!
Guide me through your Holy Spirit to make decisions that will make you smile with me. Help me not to compromise my decision to faithfully serve you.
Enable me with the grace to honorably walk before you always, so that I can qualify for your special honor.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.