John 13:21-38; 2 Chronicles 19; Psalm 78:38-55
Jehoshaphat escaped his foreign excursion with his life, and returned home to a rebuke from God. “Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, ‘Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you. Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God.’ So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 19:1-4) He was wrong to have gone to war with Ahab. He should have known – still he did. He survived and in the midst of the rebuke, God’s message was that he did a few good things as well, so it wasn’t all bad. It’s interesting that every king that was considered good worked to destroy the idols in the land. Why did those idols keep springing up? In large part, the people recognized God in the very important things of life, but thought that they needed some extra help in the day to day parts of life. Jehoshaphat recognized that education was part of the problem and in 2 Chronicles 17 we saw him send out teachers so that people could know the truth of God. Even after his rebuke from Jehu, Jehoshaphat didn’t sit around and mope, he continued the process of teaching and sending judges who would rule uprightly on issues under the leadership of God. In our society today we still have people who claim to follow Christ on the big things in life – and yet, they seek signs or go to practices of other religions to gain daily guidance. (For example, how many Christians consult their daily horoscope?) In truth, the guidance we need from God can be found in a daily practice of reading His word, hence these thoughts with the Bible verses that will help you read through the Bible daily; prayer, and fellowship with His people. God will give us His guidance when we seek Him. If He really is the Creator God who rules over the entire universe and still cares about our everyday life, though, why would we search any other source for guidance?
Lord, I need help for my daily life. I get upset. I get frustrated. I get confused. Guide me daily as I read Your word. Teach me as I seek You in prayer. Let me see Your presence in the teaching I get from those who seek to follow You and explain Your ways.