Today we learn from king Joash that the measure of a worthy life isn’t the number of years. Joash was commended because he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. And his secret was good instruction which was married to his commitment to action…
1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
Little Joash became king when he was seven years old. He had been spared – hidden with the priests – when his grandmother decided to kill the entire royal family. Nice Nana. He reigned until he was 47 years old. That’s a pretty good run, yet the measure of a worthy life isn’t the number of years.
Joash was commended because he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Well done, good and faithful servant. Don’t you long to hear that phrase from your Lord? Well Done…
As we look at Joash’s life, not having much to go on, we see a clue to his godliness in these verses. Jehoiada the priest mentored and instructed Joash. And as long as Jehoiada was instructing Joash, he did right in the eyes of the Lord. That’s the power of godly mentors in our lives.
Yet the presence of good instruction doesn’t guarantee good adherence. I hear good instruction every week at church, yet my adherence and application of that truth is sometimes very lacking. How about you? Good instruction has to be married to commitment to action which reflects the goodness of God in our lives.
The people of Judah lived under the instruction of Jehoiada also. They had every opportunity to receive the instruction and follow the Lord. A good number of them, however, maintained high places, at which the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense. High places were the shrines to idols. Initially they were (wait for it) in high places, likely to be closer to the sky, yet wherever idol worship occurred, the shrine would be called a high place.
The people kept their high places. The continued to worship idols and were unfaithful to their God. How about you and me?
What idols are we maintaining? Are we Joash’s who are committed to the instruction of the Lord or are we keeping up some high places? Time to check ourselves…