He summoned his courage

Today’s Readings: 2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21, Romans 11:13-36 Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 20:7

King Jehoram of Judah was wicked and killed his own brothers so they would not threaten his power. His son Ahaziah was wicked as well and died after one year as king. Judah was in an uproar and Ahaziah’s mother took power and ruled wickedly as well.

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. These men traveled secretly throughout Judah and summoned the Levites and clan leaders in all the towns to come to Jerusalem.

What a situation. The scriptures don’t say that God specifically told Jehoida to take these actions. God may have spoken, or perhaps Jehoida looked around, saw that God was not being honored and decided, “enough is enough.” In any case, he acted and ushered in Josiah as king.

I have been writing lately about being controlled by the Holy Spirit quite a bit. Two nights ago, I got in late, struggled to wake up in the morning and did not take time to pray, read the Bible, or write a blog entry. I was able to listen to the people around me and make some good decisions, but I spent the day feeling exhausted, rather than feeling controlled by the Holy Spirit. I know this is not something that I earn, so I’m struggling with that as well. Paul writes to the gentiles in Romans, “you are there because you do believe.” That is the only reason I can connect to God. I’m sure there will be other days of exhaustion or haste where I don’t take time to pray. I need to still be open to God’s action in my life on those days. He can still work because He is God and I can still be part of His work because I believe in Him.