He was crowned at an early age, seven, and ruled forty years. His life was pleasing in the eyes of God.
The chief priest Jehoiada was his counselor, and showed Joash kindness.
“Some time later,” (2 Chron 24:4) Joash begins a program to rebuild the temple. The people give cheerfully, and the temple is rebuilt.
Then Jehoiada dies. New counselors come.
Joash abandons temple worship, exchanging God for false gods. The people follow his example.
God sends prophets to bring the people back. They did not listen. Joash kills the prophet Zechariah, son of Jehoiada.
God sends trouble upon the people, an invading army. Joash is badly wounded, and later murdered in his bed by his officials.
A sobering life, a scripture I couldn’t quickly passover. Here were three ways I was challenged to maintain my humility–dependance on God.
…..| Remember that anyone can fail from any height, spiritual maturity isn’t proof against sin.
…..| Listen to good advice, even when it’s not what I want to hear.
…..| Watch for the warning signs, God will warn when I’m going off track because he wants me to remain in his love.