Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 19:1-11. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 19:1-3 (NIV) 1 When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, 2 Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you. 3 There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God.”
On verses 1-3: Whereas King Ahab dies while trying to attack Ramoth Gilead (see the chapter before), his co-attacker Jehoshaphat King of Judah returns safely to Jerusalem (v1). Upon returning, Jehoshaphat is confronted by Jehu the prophet, who rebukes Jehoshaphat for partnering with the idol-worshiping, prophet-murdering King Ahab in the first place, saying “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?” (v2) Jehoshaphat was fortunate that nothing worse happened to him when he went with Ahab to attack Ramoth Gilead. Jehu also reassures Jehoshaphat that despite his mistake of partnering with Ahab, God still believes in Jehoshaphat and is pleased with how he rid the land of idol worship and has his heart set on seeking God (v3).
What can we learn from this? This is a sobering reminder that no matter how long we walk with the Lord and how much good we try to do in His name, we are all still prone to making mistakes. So always maintain a humble, teachable attitude before God.
2 Chronicles 19:4 (NIV) 4 Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and turned them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
On verses 4-11: One of the things I love about Jehoshaphat is how well he bounced back after a fall. After he made the mistake of partnering with Ahab and after being rebuked for that mistake by Jehu the prophet, Jehoshaphat could have sulked, beat himself up, blamed others, or rebelled against God. Instead, what did Jehoshaphat do? Jehoshaphat “went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and turned them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers.” (v4) In other words, Jehoshaphat learns his lesson, receives God’s mercy for his mistake and goes out again to lead the people back to God and help them receive His mercy too. Jehoshaphat also appoints judges to adjudicate disputes in the fortified cities of Judah (v5-7) as well as in Jerusalem (v8-11), telling them to “serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord” (v9).
What can we learn from this? More important than any fall we experience is getting up after that fall. It reminds me of one of my proudest moments concerning my son Bradley. Once I was running beside Bradley as he was going down a hill on his bike. Suddenly he lost control and had a hard fall. But he didn’t cry or yell. He just got back up, dusted himself off, and then tried again. Likewise, and like Jehoshaphat, all of us may fall from time to time. But it’s getting up after a fall that matters the most.
Remember that if you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you as well. That means you have God-given power to rise up again after any defeat, loss, heartbreak, disappointment, mistake or failure. So if you have suffered a bad fall, don’t stay down. With Jesus’ help, you can get up again by the grace of God and say, “the best is yet to come”.
Heavenly Father, no one wants to fall, but thank You that when I do, You help me to get up again. Thank You that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me, so I have the power to get up after a hard fall. Help me to get up today. Thank You that with Your help I will be stronger after the fall than before. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!