John 16:4-33; 2 Chronicles 24; Psalm 81
A 7 year old king seems like an impossible situation. Yet Joash was crowned king at the age of 7. It was Jehoida the Priest who protected him from those who sought to extinguish the line of kings. It was Jehoida who decided that it was time to proclaim Joash king after 6 years in hiding. It was Jehoida who counseled and advised the king. The result of this mentorship was a strong kingdom. “Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.” (2 Chronicles 24:2) He was faithful to the call of God and Judah flourished. As we read the story, though, things changed once Jehoida died. Jehoida received great honor at his death, but it wasn’t much later that his legacy was trashed. Other leaders came forth and led Joash astray. Zechariah, Jehoida’s son, spoke for God attempting to draw Joash back to God’s way and Joash ordered Zechariah stoned. After defeat in battle, a wounded Joash was killed by his servants. Today so many folks have no guidance. Whether it’s because they don’t seek guidance, they don’t attend church where others will guide them, they have no idea that they need guidance, or they’ve grown “too smart” for anyone to mentor them, we have left the ideal that we are to help our young people grow up in the Lord. We need Jehoidas. We need a constant stream of Jehoidas who are willing to invest their time and energy into building up men and women of God who will stay true to the faith. Our world has many troubles and snares ahead and those who are seasoned in the faith need to build up and mentor those in the younger generation. Today would be a good day to ask God to lead you to one person that you can help. If all of God’s people did that, we would see a much different world.
Dear Lord, the world is full of troubles. You have taught me much. Lead me to someone that I can share with and guide in Your way. At the same time, keep sending me leaders who will continue to lead me in the right direction and keep me from straying from You.