As we ponder the readings today we are reminded that I must give GOD everything that belongs to GOD. GOD created everything and is in control of everything. Even civil rulers can be instruments in the hands of GOD, as Cyrus was. GOD does not cause evil, however, GOD can make GOD things happen even in bad times. Our response is to praise GOD and give GOD all the glory which is due our Creator, Savior, and Benefactor. GOD is to be adored above all else.
Even our gifts to GOD came originally from the hands of the LORD GOD.