“Courage to Act”

June 23, 2015 (2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22-23; 1 Timothy 5)

From the Life Journal of Adam Proux:

Scripture: “In the seventh year of Athaliah’s reign, Jehoiada the priest decided to act. He summoned his courage and made a pact with five army commanders: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zicri.” (2 Chronicles 23:1 NLT)

Observation: Athaliah was the daughter of Jezebel and she was just as wicked as her mother. When she learned her son, king Ahaziah, had been killed she seized the opportunity to secure the throne for herself. After assuming the throne she killed all potential heirs to it, so she thought. But Jehosheba, Ahaziah’s sister took Ahaziah’s infant son Joash and hid him from Athaliah in order to save him from being murdered. He was hidden in the Temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled. It was in the seventh year of Athaliah’s reign that Jehoiada decided to act. Although it could have cost him his life, this priest did what was right, restoring the Temple worship and anointed Joash the new king. He summoned his courage and developed a plan to overthrow this wicked queen and rightfully anoint Joash as king.

Application: Sometimes we don’t understand the events that take place in our lives. Most often we desire for things to be easy and decisions to be clear, we enjoy knowing the outcome before we act. Yet many times God will lead us down pathways that are not so clear and smooth. Things will happen that make you question where God is and why is He not acting. Why does He allow evil to appear to win at times? How can He sit back and allow this to take place? Maybe sometimes He just wants us to summon our courage and act. He wants us to care enough about right to actually do right. He often times will use opposition to propel us to new heights in Him. Without a doubt my faith has grown more in times of great distress than any other.

Prayer: Dear Lord, without a doubt your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts are greater than my thoughts. You are the beginning and the end therefore you know. Help me recognize the times you want me to summon my courage and act. Also help me know when to be still and wait. In Jesus name, Amen!

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