We own so many things that are precious to us, but if it really came down to it, what items could we not do without?
Reference: v.2 Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them
Explore: My husband and I have recently moved to a fire prone area. While we need to discuss fire plans and safety exits if, by chance, a fire was to come into the area, we also need to purchase a fire safe.
This is a locked box that is built in such a way that it will not be destroyed in fire. While they are quite expensive, it means that we know that whatever is placed in there will be protected if a fire was to destroy our home.
The big challenge for us, before we purchase the safe, is what are we going to place in there? What exactly we want to keep in the safe will determine the size we need to buy.
While I started off thinking about passports and wedding certificates, my husband was keen to put our photo albums in the safe as well. We are actually able to get documents replaced, however, old photos are harder to recover.
Where do we draw the line? We own so many things that are precious to us, but if it really came down to it, what items could we not do without?
Application: When Hezekiah was king he was proud of all the treasures that he had around the palace. In fact, he was so satisfied with his wealth that he ended up showing strangers from a foreign land the whole of his storehouses. In time this would prove foolish, but it was clearly too much for Hezekiah to keep his humility.
So often we pin our pride on what we own and not on who we are in Christ. Our possessions can be pleasant for us, but we must be careful that they do not shape who we really are.
Prayer: Lord God, we are made in Your image. You will give us everything we need. May we not tie ourselves to things that will perish, but hold onto things that will last for all eternity. Amen.
What worldly possession would you struggle to part with?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.