By; Pastor Deanna Swedeen
Decisions are upon us everywhere we look. In our personal lives, we make decisions that can affect us many years down the road from today. With the election so close at hand, we realize that all of our lives will be impacted by which leaders are chosen in our government system. We must learn to make wise decisions and this will impact our own lives and the world around us greatly.
In the Book of II Chronicles, the Bible shares information about the kings of God’s chosen people from the time of King Solomon through King Zedekiah. There were a few good kings under whom the people prospered; however, the majority of the kings did not live as God teaches us through the Bible, and as a result, caused problems in their personal lives as well as causing their people to suffer.
One notable example to consider is Joash (II Chr. 24). Joash had been an infant when his father and all the remaining royal family had been killed. Joash was hidden away in the house of God for six years and then became king at the age of 7. He took advice from Jehoida the high priest and during that time, he did well because Johoida was a wise counsellor who knew the Lord and followed him. The people under his rule flourished, and the whole kingdom lived under the favor of God.
However, after Johoida died, there were others who came to King Joash and the Bible says, “… the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them.” II Chr. 24:17b.
These leaders of Judah counselled King Joash in ways that were not God’s ways. Not only did Joash follow this ungodly advice, but II Chr. 24:19 says, “Yet he (God) sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Lord; and they testified against them, but they would not listen.” In this quote, the first “they” refers to the prophets who made it clear that the “leaders of Judah” were not using sound Godly wisdom.
Joash had forgotten the kindness of Johoida who had raised him and counselled him so wisely, and Joash had also failed to find out for himself the source of Johoida’s wisdom. Joash’s poor decisions caused him to lose God’s favor which included losing lives of the people he was ruling over and soon causing the people to turn against him bringing about his death.
There were two main points in this story that will help us all make wise decisions. The first is that finding and heeding the advice of counsellors who walk in Godly wisdom causes us and those around us to walk in God’s favor and blessing. The second is that we need to seek out the source of the Godly wisdom for ourselves. Like Johoida who knew God and had learned to walk in his ways, we need to spend time with God to learn his ways so that we can be led by the Holy Spirit to recognize wise counsel and to make wise decisions.
My prayer is that all of us would find and heed Godly counsel and know our great God and his ways. Let us pray for each other in this at the individual, city, state and national levels so that our country can once again be “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Let us pray for voters to make wise voting decisions and for all of our newly-elected to find and heed Godly counsel.