Sunday, July 2, 2023


Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 21-22

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The most unique rock formations are seen in Meteora, Greece. On the front right you can see Monastery Roussanou.

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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 22:12

And he (Joash) was hidden with them in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.


Jehu was carrying out judgment on the land. Ahaziah was caught and killed because, as they said, “He is the son of Jehoshaphat who sought the Lord with all his heart” (22:9). It seemed as if all the descendants of Jehoshaphat were to be slain, but into the picture stepped Jehoshabeth, the king’s daughter. She rescued Joash, then one year old, and hid him in the Temple. Six years later Joash was anointed king. The enemies of God will try to thwart God’s plan, but it was not God’s will for the righteous influence in the royal family to cease. God had prepared Jehoshabeth and Jehoiada, the high priest, to intervene. Joash was hidden in the Temple for six years.

We learn from this story of God’s love and His power to provide for His people. Sometimes we wonder how God could possibly make a way through a seemingly impossible situation. But He does! For a New Testament reading today, we may want to read about what would seem to be an impossible situation, the shipwreck of Acts 27:13-44.


Lord God, I need to learn to be hidden in Your place of safety where the enemy cannot find me. I pray with King David, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy” (Psalm 61:1-3). In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!!!


This morning I’ve been singing two hymns, “Rock of Ages” and “Hiding in Thee.” The words of the first are, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee,” and the second are, “Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee, thou blessed Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee” (click here for a medley of these two beautiful hymns). There have been times when I had to hide from the pressures and influences of the world. One such occasion was when a sergeant of the Hamilton, Ontario, city police told me that the average age of the lawbreaker with whom they were dealing was just 12. My heart was broken for the children of our city. I withdrew to my bedroom for a week to fast and pray. Norma-Jean would bring me water and join me from time to time. Directly out of that time of hiding in God came our children’s television ministry, Circle Square, and out of those telecasts came the Circle Square Ranches, where over the years, approximately 250,000 children and teens have spent at least a week each. It’s estimated that around 100,000 of them made first-time decisions to give their lives to Jesus. This Summer I intend to “hide away” and spend much more time hiding in God’s presence, and I need to hear from God about the future!

Yours for hiding for a while,


5 thoughts on “Sunday, July 2, 2023

  1. What a revelation (12 year olds being the largest number involved in criminal activities). I did not know that. I do wonder what the activities were (probably theft, I would think). Amazingly, David went to the Lord, Who birthed to him the idea of Circle Square Ranches. Praise God. Please pray with me for safety for my family members in France (riots @ this time). Granddaughter Chiara is in her last year of medical studies there. Also, for Central Alberta where tornadoes are active today. I have family & friends there. Thank you. God bless all today.

  2. Doreen, I am praying for your granddaughter’s safety and
    protection during her time studying in France. May God be with
    her and let her graduate successfully, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
    Also for your family and friends’ safety in central Alberta, from
    the storms and severe weather there, in the name of Jesus, Amen.
    Thank You Lord for all Your blessings.

    • Thank you Joyce. My daughter contacted me & said my granddaughter is home now and will be working @ the hospital for the summer. God answered even before I prayed!! I am also praying for the storms in Alberta and the people there. Father, in Jesus Name, please calm the storms and show people YOUR RAINBOW. Open hearts & minds to Your gift of Salvation. Amen and amen.

  3. Amen to the prayers above. So glad that the Lord blessed your family Doreen returning your granddaughter safely to Canada. Praying for all those affected by storms. Keep them safe.
    I have just received a request from a friend in BC , her husband is fighting cancer but today he was being taken by ambulance to Kamloops, a few hours from their home. She said “ Please pray and pray lots. (Husband) Going by ambulance to Kamloops I’m so scared.
    Please join in prayer for them. Her husband is late 50’s. Pray for a healing miracle from the Lord and peace for both of them.

    • HJR: I am praying for our friends husband. I am agreeing with you in prayer for a healing
      miracle for both of them
      Dear lord Jesus, speak into each of their hearts and give them the peace that surpasses all understanding.
      Also amen to all the prayers above.

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