Daily Walk with the Lord
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Bible Text: 2 Chronicles 24:1-25
When the priest Jehoiada was alive, King Joash did what was pleasing in the sight of God. When Jehoiada passed on to glory, Joash turned to the evil influences of the princes of Judah and started to worship idols. What happened? One would think that the many years of Jehoiada’s mentorship and guidance would give Joash a good foundation for godly rule. Yet, this did not turn out to be so. Despite knowing the joy of pleasing the Lord, Joash made the choice of turning to evil. As a result, Joash was assassinated and was refused a burial in the tomb of the kings.
When we came to know the Lord Jesus, many of us might have behaved like Joash in the early part of his reign. We might have been full of passion and conviction to do His will. Yet, as we journey on in the faith, our commitment began to wane.
The Bible reading for today reminds us that while it is important to start well in the faith, it is more important to finish well. Yet, how can we do so? There is simply no shortcut but to persevere in allowing the Spirit of God to work in, and on our lives. Learn from Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 3:24,27; Philippians. 3:7-16). This means a constant making of choice to nourish our souls with God’s Word (personally studying the Bible, and doing that corporately with other believers; listening to messages of godly God-anointed men/women of God, personally and corporately with others), pray for, receive and exercise the grace to overcome evil with God’s empowerment, and do what is pleasing in God’s sight.
Remember: taking off well in the Lord isn’t as great as finishing well in Him, unto His eternal praise and glory, in His heavenly bliss (Matthew 24:13).
1. Lord Jesus, please help me to consistently make the right choice, and so finish well in the journey of faith.
2. Dear Father, despite my wrong and bad beginnings/past, do help me to adjust and continue well so that I may finish well in life, in Jesus’ name.
3. Dear Father, help believers passion and conviction to do Your will till the end of the world in Jesus name.