Scripture: 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Joash became the king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem for forty years. He did what was right in God’s eyes; however, he did not remove the high places, and people still continued to offer sacrifices in the wrong places. The temple needed repaired because it had been neglected and damaged by previous wicked leaders. Joash raised the funds, and the temple was able to be restored. Jehoahaz became king of Israel, and he did evil in the eyes of God. Jehoash then became king of Israel, and he also did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Elisha was dying from a sickness, and Jehoash went to see him, for he wanted advice about war with the Arameans. Elisha told Joash to strike the ground with some arrows, but he only did it halfheartedly. Elisha told Jehoash that his victory over Aram would not be complete. Follow along in 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Joash did not completely remove the sin from the nation, but he did do other things right in the eyes of the Lord. When we are not sure if we have gone far enough in correcting our actions or sins, we can ask ourselves if the Bible prohibits our actions, if our actions take us away from loving and serving our Heavenly Father, if our actions are bringing out the best in us, or if they benefit other believers. God wants all of us to contribute to His kingdom, spreading His Word and helping others in need. God wants us to be completely committed to Him. Elisha gave Jehoash some instructions to follow after he was worried about the Arameans, and he told Jehoash to strike the ground with arrows. Jehoash followed the directions only halfheartedly, and Elisha told the king that he should have struck the ground more than three times and that his victory would not be complete. We must obey and follow God’s commands and instructions wholeheartedly, putting our complete trust and faith in Him. If we do not follow His instructions completely, we may not receive His full benefits and blessings for our lives.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.