Tag: path of victory
Scripture reading for April 28th: 2nd Chronicles 17-20
Jehoshaphat was a good king who sought the Lord for most of his life. God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are sold out to Him and Jehoshaphat evidently learned to seek the Lord’s favor from his father Asa. (2nd Chronicles 16:9)
Jehoshaphat did several things that helped bring the Lord’s favor. In the third year of his reign, he sent out a teaching team of priests and Levites to all the towns of Judah. These men taught the Law of the Lord to the people of Judah. When God’s word is taught, it brings faith and a healthy fear of the Lord that brings God’s blessing. We note that this ‘fear of the Lord’ fell upon the surrounding kingdoms as well and brought a season of peace and prosperity during Jehoshaphat’s reign. (2nd Chronicles 17:10)
Jehoshaphat also appointed judges, giving them strict instructions to judge fairly and impartially. He understood that the Lord was the ultimate judge of all, including these judges. (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7) They would have to answer to Him for their decisions. When the judges ruled impartially and swiftly gave out righteous judgments, order was maintained and a healthy respect for God and His law resulted. When judges took bribes and perverted justice, there would be discontent and dire consequences would follow.
When we look at our country today, we see the results of the failure of our church and government leadership in both of these areas. When church leaders fail to preach God’s word and teach truth, there is disorder in the church and community. God’s law is neglected and trouble results. When we have judges who pervert justice and do not operate in the fear of the Lord, we have partiality, bribery, and the perversion of God’s laws. This brings disorder and God’s judgment on judges and the people. We must take heed to these truths when we vote and consider those who will serve us in the church and the government!
A final word of encouragement from King Jehoshaphat speaks to us today. “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.” (2nd Chronicles 20:20) The word of God brings faith in the Lord! Godly prophets speak only the word of the Lord! Listen closely and be blessed!