Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: May 31, Seeking a wiser one…
- 2 Chronicles 21:10-22:9
- 2 Kings 11:1-12:21
“And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” –2 Kings 12:2, ESV
Jehoash followed a number of kings who were not described as having done right in the eyes of the Lord. His predecessors’ legacies were not necessarily glorious, nor did they earn themselves the honor of being emulated as rulers. Jehoash sought someone who could keep him on the right path, knowing that by doing so, he would be able to lead the people according to God’s ways. He did not believe his own understanding would be enough; he sought for one more wise than he to instruct him in the way he should go.
In a time when we can google to find almost any information, we run the risk of falling into the trap of believing we do not need an expert to help us. We diagnose our own medical issues, either severely downplaying something that should be checked by a doctor, or severely up-playing something that could be simply covered with a bandage. And we support our decisions with webpages; after all, it couldn’t be out there if it weren’t true, right? We become so convinced of our own knowledge, we forget there are others who see these things every day, who know when to panic and when to bandage, and whose lives have been spent studying these things.
And we approach our faith the same way. We either forget that there are others more wise than we are, or we completely hand over all sense so that we need not be wise at all on our own. This is a call to be like Jehoash. Be humble enough to know you need someone, or several someones, more wise than you in your life to instruct you. Be wise enough to seek God yourself so you can discern true wisdom when it crosses your path.