Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 27
After reading chapter 27 we can learn much from Jotham. We notice that he was blessed with wisdom from the Lord in the way he lived out his life as King of Judah. His reign started off just like many previous kings, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (v2). However unlike previous kings, Jotham actually finished well in his reign, since Scripture does not comment on any sin that hindered his walk with the Lord. Can you imagine if our lives were written down in writing (failures and all) for future generations to read over and over again? I would hope I would get a passage like Jotham – short and all good things to say. Clearly, Jotham was still a sinner who fell short of a perfect God and needed a Savior, but God’s Word had good things to say about the way he lived his life and I think we can take away a couple practical applications on how we can also live a life worthy of following Christ (Colossians 1:10).
First, Jotham learned from the sins of his father so that he would not make the same mistakes. I remember my older brother having to take on the responsibility of being the oldest child. He made some serious mistakes growing up and my younger sister and I witnessed the consequences of his sin and learned from his mistakes on how not to act. Jotham also saw how his father Uzziah was punished for burning incense in the temple, an act that was for priests only; thereby Jotham took warning not to be as presumptuous. How foolish are we when we see the sins of others and continue down the same path repeating history over and over? Let us be wise and not go down the same path that we know will lead us away from God.
Second, Jotham’s strength came from making his relationship with God a discipline. “So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God” (v6). He desired to do what was right according to God above all else. C.H. Spurgeon gathered this meaning from the text:
“Jotham must have been a man of prayer. He could not have prepared his ways thus anywhere except at the mercy-seat. He must have been in the habit of taking his daily troubles to his God, and of seeking guidance from him in his daily difficulties, and of blessing him for his daily mercies. He must have been in constant communion with his God, or else he could not have ordered his ways aright before him.”
Do you prepare your ways before the Lord? Do you take what God’s Word has to say about your life seriously? I pray that we learn from Jotham and begin today, here and now, to seek guidance from God through prayer and from his Word on how we can live a life that glorifies God. Submit to Him and His ways and you will experience satisfaction and joy for God knows what is best for us. If you are living every day without seeking what God wants for you, do you truly trust your life in God’s hands?
Posted by: Kelly Jones- ministry intern, west campus