When our wisdom is informed by those who are self-serving and who deliberately ignore God’s way, we can expect to sow our fields outside of God’s will. Who provides you with advice and wisdom? When we lean on earthly wisdom we will produce worldly results…
1 The people of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, Jehoram’s youngest son, king in his place, since the raiders, who came with the Arabs into the camp, had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign.
2 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri.
3 He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly. 4 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing. 5 He also followed their counsel when he went with Joram son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram; 6 so he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds they had inflicted on him at Ramoth in his battle with Hazael king of Aram.
Then Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see Joram son of Ahab because he had been wounded.
7 Through Ahaziah’s visit to Joram, God brought about Ahaziah’s downfall. When Ahaziah arrived, he went out with Joram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. 8 While Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he found the officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s relatives, who had been attending Ahaziah, and he killed them. 9 He then went in search of Ahaziah, and his men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. He was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He was a son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” So there was no one in the house of Ahaziah powerful enough to retain the kingdom.
Jehoram’s youngest son was the only son left to take the throne: Ahaziah was 22 when he assumed power, yet he only lasted one year before the Lord brought him down with Joram of Israel. Their sin was more than God would tolerate, and God sent Jehu to deal with them all in Jezreel.
Ahaziah’s advisors were the corrupt leadership of Israel and his mother, who was as corrupt as her husband Jehoram had been. When our wisdom is informed by those who are self-serving, self-centred, and deliberately ignorant of God’s way, we can expect that we will sow our fields outside of God’s will.
Who directs your path? Who provides you with advice and wisdom? Do you look to mentors? Parents? Other family members, teachers, or church leaders? There is no shortage of people around us who would like to tell us what to do with our lives. If we listen to them and follow them and fail to seek God’s direction and best for us, we risk reaping crops which are outside of God’s will.
Proverbs 3 offers that if we acknowledge God with all of our plans and ways, he will make our paths straight. He will direct our future. Yet we must not lean on our own understanding. When we lean on earthly wisdom we will produce worldly results. And especially if we lean on those who reject God, we will inevitably displease God with our direction.
Ahaziah had one year and he blew it. If this was your one year, starting now, what path would you follow? Consider your year as beginning now. Evaluate whom your advisors are, and reset your ear to listen to God and his messengers.
He will make your path straight if you acknowledge and hearken to his voice…