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CONTINUE TO BE STRONG

Hezekiah began his reign of Judah as a reformer; in today’s daily reading, 2 Chronicles 29, he reestablishes temple worship after it had been grossly neglected by his father, and he did it quickly (29:36).

 Reading about the lives of particularly the kings of Judah (since all of the kings of the northern kingdom were evil—didn’t follow the Lord), I have been impressed again that a number of kings who started out well, started strong, didn’t necessarily end their reigns and their lives strong. When they started strong and were blessed and prosperous, too often it “went to their head,” and they ended up with some significant failures, including Hezekiah (see 2 Chron. 32:31 in upcoming readings). We could even think of Saul and Solomon’s reigns before the kingdom was divided. David had failures too, but seemed to recognize and acknowledge them, humble himself, and ended strong, and his royal line is what God chose for the human ancestry of our Lord Jesus.

 As we grow older as Christians, from whatever stage in life we came to know the Lord, and whatever our family background and heritage may be, may we continue to be strong in our faith for all the years that God gives us. And always realize that “each of us will give an account of himself to God,” Romans 14:12.

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WHO ARE YOUR ALLIES?

Today’s One Year Bible reading in 2 Chron. 19-20 picks up right after King Jehoshaphat returned from a battle in which he and his army of Judah allied with the wicked King Ahab and his army of Israel. Upon his return to Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat was met by Jehu the prophet, who challenged him: “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord.” This reminded me of Amos 3:3: “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”

Jehoshaphat was a good king who loved the Lord and sought to turn the nation of Judah back to God. He did much that was right, and God blessed his reign. But he gave in to the temptation to ally militarily with the wicked nation of Israel—their relatives who had turned away from God—and was rebuked as a result.

Sometime later Judah was again under the threat of destruction from enemy armies. This time Jehoshaphat led the nation in turning to God for deliverance. With prayer and fasting the people of Judah entrusted themselves to God, and God delivered them—the enemy armies turned on each other, wiping each other out before the army of Judah arrived!

Sometimes we who are Christ-followers are tempted to join in some endeavor with others who don’t love the Lord. We need to consider such a course of action very carefully: We are called to be salt and light—seeking to share the Good News with people—but are also charged to not be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers. Let our trust be in the Lord, not in human arrangements with those who follow a different Master.

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