Text: 2 Chronicles 24:23-27 (KJV)
23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
Key Verse: “For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.” – (2 Chronicles 24:24)
The future is man’s creation, prepared in the present and parcelled into the bosom of time. The future is not God’s imposition, but what we brew through our actions or inactions. So, when man reaps the good or evil consequences of his lifestyle, it amounts to saying he is lying on the bed he prepared years ago with his own hands. He has no one to blame if he finds the sheets strewn with thorns.
Joash did not get a bed of roses waiting for him. His mentor, Jehoiada the priest, died and he forsook the Lord and that opened the floodgates to fatal personal and national crises, all waiting to catch up with him at a later date. He did not remember the “kindness” of the priest when he and Judah conspired to kill his son, Zechariah, the servant of God. The king himself was struck with “great diseases”. His servants moved against him and slew him as he lay helpless in bed. He failed to get a royal burial.
Judgment also came upon Judah for betraying the Lord. A very “small company” of the Syrian military force invaded the land and conquered “a very great host”. They overpowered all the chieftains of Judah and took a great deal of treasures of the land that they sent back to their king in Damascus. It was a depressing era in the history of Judah. They were reaping what they, the princes and the king sowed years back.
We must be wary of the building blocks we mould for the future. They must be fashioned under the guidance of the word of God. Salvation is the foundation, upon which must rest the nine-fold fruit of the Spirit. Each step we take, in ministry or secular enterprises, must pass strict biblical tests. None should abide with us that fail these demands of heaven. We are guaranteed a happy future here on earth as we remain faithful to the Lord. But it is a glorious eternity that awaits us in heaven.
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