Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
When the English naturalist Charles Darwin was a boy, he collected beetles. One day he found a rare specimen but he didn’t have a container to hold it, so he held it in his fist. Then he saw a second beetle, picked it up and held it in his other fist. Then to his surprise, he spotted a third rare beetle. This must be his day, he thought.
Running out of hands and options and not wanting to lose any of his prize collection. Quickly, he put the second beetle in his mouth and grabbed the third specimen with his free hand. But the insect had other ideas. To defend itself, the beetle in Darwin’s mouth gave him a nasty squirt of acid and Darwin went into a fit of coughing. When it was over he had lost all three beetles. Doing too many things at one time causes a person to get nothing and lose everything.
Jehoshaphat, the fourth king of Judah, was a powerful and godly king who did what was best for himself and his people and he did an excellent job with what he had, better than most kings. He held his own ground and kept Israel’s enemies away. Of all the southern kings, he found the right balance between political might and spiritual devotion. He believed in divine intervention, but he also believed in military build up. He didn’t try do do everything or please everyone. He chose to fulfil his calling and fulfil it well.
While Jehoshaphat was known for the gifts he received and the great wealth and honour he possessed (v 5), the biggest legacy he left behind was the spiritual revival that he brought continually to the kingdom, that which the thirty-five-year old king ordered and oversaw for the next twenty-five years he was on the throne (1 Kings 22:42).
Not one to rest on his laurels after he was firmly seated, settled and secure on his throne, Jehoshaphat made lasting changes instead of cosmetic changes. Are you firm, settled and secure in your calling? God has called you and empowered you to do the good works he has prepared for you in Jesus. (Eph 2:10).