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Friday, December 15, 2017

Departing with No One’s Regret

Jehoram was the fifth king over Judah after the split from Israel.  He was not a good one.  For a quick summary look at these passages:

Departing with No One’s Regret

Quite the summary.

Romans 15:4 (here @ Bible Gateway) tells us that this was written for our instruction.  So what do we learn from Jehoram?  Not walking with the Lord and leading others into heretical belief and worship, would make our impact such that no one regrets our departure.

How would we do that today:

  • By seeking the favor of men over the favor of or obedience to the Lord.
  • Putting ministry expediency or effectiveness above the Word of God.
  • Putting success ahead of the Word of God.

The way to make sure that we are not following in Jehoram’s footsteps, is to make sure we are doing the opposite of him:

  • Engage and love our brothers and one another.
  • Walk with God.
  • Continually abide in and point others to the Word.

Living this way would leave a legacy that people would remember fondly.  

1 comment:

  1. This is stimulating - and sobering. Reading these verses selected highlights Jehoram's plunge into a terrible death at the end of a tragic incredibly short reign - only eight years!

    His father was a good king (Ch. 30:22) - for a time. But at the end he began to slip. He obviously either had poor judgment of his son's character or just simply couldn't break cultural tradition in selecting his oldest son to succeed him (Ch.21:13b.). It's his legacy that challenges me.

    Perhaps it's my age; my children are grown (four beautiful, godly young women now), three are married and two have children, for a total of six - nicely balance at three boys and and three girls.

    Obviously cannot guide their characters or who they marry. Thankfully thanks to their mother with my support they love and follow God and have chosen godly men. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate.

    But what about now? My great regret that many times I fell (primarily) for your second danger, "Putting ministry expediency or effectiveness above the Word of God." It's SO easy to do, in fact inevitable without constant and courageous vigilance.

    It's now time to apply the greatest weapons I know of to help my daughters and their husbands - prayer with limited advice when asked.