Friday, June 18, 2010

Teachers along the way

2 Kings 12:2

All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

Do you remember the people who instructed you, taught you, loved you, and lead you through the learning years of your life? The teachers, the Sunday school teachers, the preachers, the family friends, and of course your parents that taught you important things about life?

I read this verse this morning and the memories flashed in my mind of Bro. McClung, Bro. Means, Bro. Galloway, Bro. Trickett, Bro. Simmons, Mrs. Wilbanks, Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Sandifer, Mrs. Sistrunk, Ms. Jelks, Mrs. Doerge, Mrs. Renfro, Mrs. Shaffer, Mrs. Willis, Mrs. Bracken, Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Moffett, Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Trussell, and the list could go and on of the women and men that taught me important things about life. Thank you to these special ladies/men and of course, the unnamed ones in this blog today…(family I didn't list they go without listing)

Joash did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight as long as he had the influence of Jehoiada. Jehoiada died at 130 years old. Upon his death others began to influence Joash and it caused divine anger to come upon the kingdom. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jehoiada's son, Zechariah and he spoke the LORD'S commands. King Joash ordered the stoning of Zechariah. His mentor's son was ordered killed by the mentee! What a way to give back to the one that taught you all you know, the killing of his son.

This is a sad reading today. Absolutely, nothing good to write about only the killing of people in today's reading. I thought when I began that Joash was going to be the one to write about because he started on the right track, but then he ended the reading on such a bad one. Then it hit me, isn't that the way with a lot of us? We try hard to do what is right, but then we hit a bump in the road. Hopefully, none of us have killed anybody, but then we are told that our sins aren't measured from worse to the worst…Sin is Sin… So, what do we take from today's reading?

Listen to the special people in your life and follow their words. Say thank you along the way, so that they realize they make a difference in your life! When you hit the bump in the road, turn to Jesus for help to stay on the right road. Sometimes those bumps turn us all the opposite direction, but know just call His Name and He will get you back on the right road!

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, something that I took away from today's reading was from 2 Kings 12:3, "Yet even so, he(King Joash) did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there."

With all that King Joash did to please God, he still left some things that were not pleasing to God. I thought of how that has been the case all along with God's people. We can just never seem to to get rid of ALL that is not pleasing to Him. How sad!!