October 8, 2019

32He [Jehoshaphat] followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.  33The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.   (2 Chronicles 20:32-33, NIV)

 

2 CHRONICLES 16-20

DAY 284: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verses For Today: 2 Chronicles 20:32-33

Our journey today looks at the end of the reign of Asa, and the reign of Jehoshaphat, both in Judah.

Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read 2 Chronicles 16-20. Let’s journey!

 

2 Chronicles 16-20: Asa stopped relying on the Lord, instead turning to other rulers, other men, for protection. He became angry when his behavior was pointed out to him and began oppressing people. Asa was succeeded by his son Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat sought the will of the Lord and was blessed for it. Surrounding nations feared to go to war against Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat aligned himself with Ahab, king of Israel, who did not follow the Lord. The two kings went to battle against Aram, and Ahab was killed, while Jehoshaphat was injured. Jehoshaphat returned home and attempted to eradicate idol worship. When Jehoshaphat was attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites, he trusted in the Lord for deliverance. (2 Chronicles 16:1-20:37)

 

Our focus verses for today:

 

32He [Jehoshaphat] followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.  33The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.   (2 Chronicles 20:32-33, NIV)

 

Jehoshaphat tried to lead the people of Judah back to the Lord. Sadly, he was not completely successful. Because Jehoshaphat set his heart on the Lord, he was credited as a good king. We cannot force others to the follow the Lord. We can show them the way, remove temptations and false idols, but we cannot force someone to follow the Lord, just as Jehoshaphat could not force the people of Judah to return to the Lord. Where do you set your heart?

 

Godspeace!

 

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