During homeschool, we studied the kings of Judah in 2 Chronicles. It was a good study that kept my children’s attention. It’s one of those unambiguous lessons—a clear line between what is good and what is not. Recently, though, I’ve been thinking about how quickly we, like Jehoshaphat, want to ignore the clear lines of right and wrong in order to gain the fleeting benefits of power and acceptance.
We learned that King Jehoshaphat walked in the ways of the Lord, trusting Him. This good king removed all the shrines, temples, idols that previous kings had set up and worshiped. Once, a huge army attacked the king, so he and all of Judah fasted and prayed, asking God for help. And God did help. The Spirit of the Lord said:
“Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
They bowed their heads and fell before God and worshipped the Lord. Their enemies were smitten. Their obedience intact. Their song and praise moved the Lord. The Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
But man’s heart is quickly corrupted. It’s fickle and unpredictable, and it’s weak when it is tested.