On verses 1 to 16: Here we read of the 29 year reign of Amaziah, king of Judah, son of Joash. The author of 2 Kings describes Amaziah as:
– a good king who followed the Lord, although Amaziah failed to remove the high places in Judah where idolatry continued (v2-4).
– the one who put to death the officials who murdered his father Joash (v5-6)
– the one who defeated 10,000 Edomites (v7).
However, after his victory over the Edomites, Amaziah becomes arrogant. He challenges Jehoash King of Israel to a fight. Despite Jehoash King of Israel clearly warning Amaziah to stand down (v9-10), Amaziah insists on fighting (v11). Amaziah loses to Jehoash, is himself captured along with other hostages, and the nation of Judah is attacked and looted (v12-14).
What can we learn from this? When you experience a great victory, stay humble. Do not allow pride and arrogance to cloud your judgment and cause you to slip.
Heavenly Father, thank You for every time You remind me to stay humble, for pride goes before the fall, but humility comes before honour. Since You love humility, may I walk humbly before You and before others. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!