2 Chronicles 24:1–2: “Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.”

July 9th, 2020 by Pastor Ed in devotional

The story of godly King Joash is a fascinating one and can be found in greater detail in 2 Kings 11 and 12. After a steady decline in the kingdom from the time of David, a bloody coup took place. When King Ahaziah died, Athaliah (his mother and Joash’s grandmother) killed the entire royal family and set herself upon the throne. But Joash’s great aunt snuck him out and hid him for 6 years in a secret place within the temple of God.

For 6 years, Jehoida the High Priest waited as Athaliah usurped the throne and led the nation into idolatry. For 6 years, the priests of Baal prospered. But at the right time, God’s time, when Joash was 7 years old, Jehoida staged an uprising against the idolatrous Athaliah and put Joash on his rightful throne. The temple of Baal in the city was destroyed, and proper temple worship was re-established.

God’s timing is critical; it’s important that we wait on Him. And then when the time is right, we need to be ready to move. As the old saying goes, “Strike while the iron is hot.” Before a blacksmith can work his iron, he must heat it in a fiery furnace until it is red hot. It takes time to heat the iron; but if he holds it there too long, it goes molten and can be lost. And if he doesn’t wait long enough, taking it out too soon, it isn’t soft enough to be molded. However, at just the right moment, when the metal is the right temperature, he takes it out and places it on the anvil. Using a hammer, he strikes it into the desired shape. “Striking while the iron is hot,” means that when an opportunity comes, we act immediately. Opportunities are fleeting; sometimes we only have a few brief moments to effect changes in others that could last for eternity.

“LORD, don’t let us miss an opportunity to bring words of life to someone this day.”