Read:  2 Chronicles 24:1-27

“This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper.  Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’”  2 Chronicles 24:20b

Joash, another in a long string of kings who either did right or did wrong in the sight of the Lord, started out strong. He was a young king, and his main influence was a priest named Jehoiada, who was a good dude, and led Joash to follow God.

Joash rebuilds the temple and leads the nation in following God, but when Jehoiada dies everything goes downhill. Joash, without the spiritual leadership of Jehoiada in his life, leads the nation off the rails when it comes to God. They began to worship the Asher poles and other idols, and as we have learned reading through the old testament, that doesn’t end well.

Not only does Joash not prosper (which he doesn’t), he is eventually murdered. The favor of God that he walked in early on, while being spiritually led by Jehoiada, is gone.

So, how do we apply this to our lives today? Well, Joash did one thing right and one thing wrong. What he did right (and really it was done for him – remember he was 7 when he became king) was to get a strong, Godly, spiritual leader in his life to help him follow God. Jehoiada gave him Godly wisdom and advice and Joash listened and led the nation in a God honoring direction.

The biggest mistake Joash made was not developing his own relationship with God and devotion to God. His faith was built entirely on someone else’s faith, such that when that person was gone Joash had no spiritual conviction or direction of his own. This led to his demise and it led to suffering for all the people in his life.

So, do you have a spiritual leader in your life who speaks God’s wisdom and helps give direction to you? If you don’t, you need one – we all do. You’ll go further faster and be more successful in life and faith with a person like this in your life.

But it doesn’t stop there. Don’t make the same mistake that Joash made. You must grow into your own relationship with and devotion to God. You must own it, because that person won’t always be there. You cannot live vicariously through someone else’s faith. You must have your own, and that takes intentionality on your part. Joash relied on Jehoiada’s faith, but did not allow Jehoiada’s faith to help form his own.

So today, determine to find a Godly spiritual leader or mentor, and determine to develop your own relationship with God. These two decisions will impact your future more than you can imagine.

Father, please provide good, Godly leaders in my life. Help me to listen and learn and walk out what they say. And God help me to develop my own faith and depth of wisdom from them and from you, that my faith would be mine and your leadership and direction would be my ultimate guide. In Jesus’ name – Amen

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