2 Chronicles 17:3-6
Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, and did not act as Israel did. So the Lord established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor. He took great pride in the ways of the Lord and again removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
– 2 Chronicles 17:3-6
Among the kings in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, Jehoshaphat was one of the greatest. He was very committed to the Lord and was instrumental in calling God’s people to walk in His ways. Yet for all his great qualities, he was a man who made significant compromises that impacted his life and legacy and, sadly, set his son up for failure. In Jehoshaphat, we see an important warning about life: Our potential is always reduced by our compromises.
THE BIG QUESTION
Truly the Lord was with Jehoshaphat in a powerful way, because his heart was deeply devoted to God. Scripture is filled with examples of people who started out well but finished poorly. When asked about the greatest commandments, Jesus condensed them into two simple commands: Love God and love people. What about you? Is your heart deeply devoted to God? Are you lukewarm in your faith? Are you committed to loving God with all your heart, soul, and strength?
Spend some time in prayer meditating on what God revealed to you today.