Doing Right, But Only for a Time
“1Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.” (II Chronicles 24:1-2)
Did you grow up in a Christian home? Were your parents or guardians strong faith filled believers? If so, how did that impact your life? Did you tend to walk the line when you were young and under their care? Did you end up straying and became prodigal once you grew up and were on your own? King Joash had a similar experience as described above. What can we take from the story of King Joash’s life?
King Joash became king at the tender age of seven. Since he was so young, he was not prepared to be king. Jehoiada, the priest, served as his parental guardian and tutor during his life. While Jehoiada was in King Joash’s life, the king did what was right in the sight of the Lord. Joash was in a position to do many great works for the Lord. In fact, Joash was able to raise additional funds so that the temple could be repaired. He hired different tradesmen and oversaw the temple reparations. However, the bible tells us “15But Jehoiada grew old and was full of days and he died.” (II Chron 24:15) “17Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them.” (II Chron 25:17). After Jehoiada’s death, the leaders of Judah convinced King Joash that they needed to return to their previous idolatrous ways. Joash heeded the request of the leaders of Judah and gave his permission for idol worship. This was the turning point in King Joash’s reign. Joash went from being a king that did what was right in the sight of the Lord to a king that allowed his people to worship idols and stray from their first love. He listened to the advice from his advisors instead of listening to the guidance from the Lord. Proverbs 1:5 says “A wise man will hear and increase learning. And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” It is clear that Joash did not receive wise counsel. Joash did well while he was under the watchful care of the God fearing priest Jehoiada. But, once Jehoiada was no longer there to guide King Joash, the king turned away from the Lord.
Joash ran the race well but he did not finish well. His faith was placed in Jehoiada and not on the LORD. That is why he fell so far once Jehoiada passed away. We cannot base our faith on the faith others around us. Our faith needs independent of the faith of our parents, spouses, friends, children, or pastors. We need to base our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and use Jesus as the example to live by. So, I encourage you to learn from Joash and not make the same mistakes. Place your trust in Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of your faith and finish the race well. May we hear the sweet words from the Lord “Well done my good and faithful servant” as we cross the finish line.
Fellow Bondservant in Christ - Daryl Kas