PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Chronicles 23-24
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came to the king, and he listened to them.” (2 Chronicles 24:17)
King Joash is influenced by his close relationship with the priest Jehoida.
But after Jehoida dies, Joash listens to the wrong voices.
For all the good he did, in the end he is remembered as a bad king.
How can a good leader be led astray by deceptive voices, and end in failure?
I am sure these officials of Judah sounded convincing and wise.
Who are the voices that influence me, and are they worth listening to?
Who do I often turn to for advice or look to for advice?
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
I have to remember that there is a Liar out there that wants to trick and ruin me too.
It is critical for all of us that we set up protective measures to guard our hearts and minds.
The Liar slips in with subtle thoughts and negative feelings, looking to get us off track.
The Lord is calling me to keep company with him, to test the voices speaking to me with him.
To spend time with him in prayer and bible reading, and time with other Jesus followers.
Because even really good kings can be misled, and lose their place among the kings (24:25).
Lord, help me not to get distracted and deceived by bad company by making sure that I am spending enough time in your good company.