Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Celebrate! Celebrate!

Today's reading got me right off the bat...the line from 2 Chronicles 21:20 ~ No one was sorry he died. Jehoram was a really bad guy. One bible stated it he passed away, to no one's regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the king. The people refused to place him where most all the kings were buried.

He was like the expression you hear ~ he was bad to the bone. He became king and immediately had his brothers killed, plus some of the other leaders. He ruled for about 7 years and was married to Ahab's daughter. She was also very wicked.

Elijah telling him that he would die an awful death and you would think it would at least turn his head a bit, but no. He was definitely evil and the only thing that kept the Lord from destroying the country more was look at verse 7...the covenant the Lord made with David. The Lord keeps his promises.

The thing that struck me this morning was isn't it sad to think that not a single person had regret or was sorry to see this man go. Instead they wanted to celebrate!
Now don't get me wrong I think it is a beautiful day when you can go and celebrate a person's life at a memorial or funeral, but not because they died, but because of the way they walked this journey. Don't you want to have people celebrate your life when you are gone for the way you lived it ~ not because finally they are rid of you?

Think about it! How do you want to be remembered?


1 comment:

Frankie said...

You know, Debbie, I thought that was also such a sad thing to be said about someone, but well earned by King Jehoram according to scripture.

In 2 Chron.21:10, it says that all of this happened because Jehoram had abandoned the Lord, the God of his ancestors. Then in v.12, the Lord's message to Jehoram was that, you have not followed the good example of your father or your grandfather.

I don't think that most of us just wake up one morning and decide today I will abandon the Lord. Little by little, we can find that we have strayed to a place of abandonment that we never thought we would be. I pray that we are careful not to abandoned the Lord or neglect the good examples that God has given whether through our family, friends or the faithul heroes in the Holy Scriptures.