Joash was just seven years old when he became king;
When all his brothers were murdered by Athaliah, the
priest Jehoida and his wife stole Joash away, hid him
for six years in the House of the LORD and in the seventh
year Jehoida anointed him as the king of Judah!
Think about Joash’s childhood; Six years in the House of
the Lord; protected by the priest’s family; even when Joash
became king, the influence and instructions of Jehoida were
guiding Joash. No one can have such a spiritual start!
Remember, Jehoida was not just an ordinary priest, but a
priest with a holy zeal for the LORD: He was instrumental
in the fall of devilish Athaliah, in the destruction of temple
of Baal, in restoration of LORD’s house ceremonies and
in the renewal and revival of faith and worship;
Jehoida’s mentoring influence on Joash was so strong that
even Joash became so determined to repair and restore
the LORD’s house.
But Jehoida’s death revealed the true nature of Joash;
All these years of pious walk of Joash had an abrupt end;
He started worshiping idols, ignored LORD’s house and
commands and failed to listen to GOD’s prophets!
Reason: His focus was always on Jehoida and not on
Jehoida’s GOD; so many years of spiritual atmosphere
had no impact in his heart; his scriptural obedience and
spiritual zeal were not from his heart but just because of
his mentor and the priest, Jehoida!
In fact, when crisis came to his kingdom from Syria, he
went to the extreme of giving the treasures of the temple,
which he so zealously restored, to Syrians to please them.
Further, he even killed the priest Zechariah, son of his own
mentor Jehoida, in the House of the LORD, where Joash
spent so many years as a child!
How could a person, who had all kinds of spiritual inputs,
witnessed revival, had zeal for the house of the LORD and
mentored by such a priest, go away from the LORD?
The Bogus Focus!
Is your zeal for the church, ministry and revival genuine?
Is it because of your focus on ‘THE LORD’?
Or is it because of your attachment to and admiration of
some preacher or group or organisation?
Good to have a focused life but better to check your focus
thoroughly and regularly!
….. LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS
SET BEFORE US , LOOKING UNTO JESUS, THE AUTHOR
AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, …. (HEBREWS 12:1 & 2)