SUMMARY: Proper response
OVERVIEW: Jehu rebukes Jehoshaphat, but Jehoshaphat responds appropriately and helps Judah know and obey the Lord.
BIG IDEA: Don’t dwell on past mistakes; focus on obeying today.
KEY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 19:7 (Jehoshaphat to judges)
Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Everyone leads in some capacity, whether from upfront or behind the scenes. Each person—even those promoted as national or global leaders—is accountable to someone. But whatever you do and wherever you are, serve me with humility and integrity. Don’t strive to impress others. Instead, focus on pleasing me. Fear me and show your reverence by living with integrity. Be faithful in all things and do so with an undivided heart.
You don’t disqualify yourself when you sin. There may be consequences that impact your role permanently or for a season, but you can still live and lead in a way that brings me honor. You do that when you confess your sin and grow from it. Don’t pretend it didn’t happen. Use it as a teaching tool to equip others to avoid your choices and see that my forgiveness is real. I want people to know their lives are not over when they fall short. I always extend my hand to help them up and dust them off. Do the same and lead them on the path of righteousness.
Don’t dwell on your past. Thank God for the forgiveness he has provided, and be faithful to him today. Is there anything God has placed on your heart that you have not yet done? Someone you’re supposed to call or talk to? Someone you’re supposed to serve? A sin to confess or an apology to offer?