“Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoida the priest instructed him.” (2nd Kings 12:2)
Here a teacher priest dramatically influenced an Israelite ruler. So long as the priest Jehoida instructed him in the way of the Lord.
King Joash remained in God’s will, as his focus was on the educational instructions he had received from the priest Jehoida. After the death of his teacher, Joash became very wicked. Kings, peasants and everything in between all need the corrective influence of godly teaching in their lives.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have sent us godly teachers to give u proper education and influence, that we might remain in Your will in all situations. We we go our own way, we often drift away from God and seek our own will, and not that of Gods. You have given us the Holy Spirit for guidance, to help us at all times, that we may remain within Your will. In honor of our relationship with You Abba, and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that we have been taught for true understanding, by those in the clergy, and both family and friends. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Friends multiply joy and divide sorry.”
“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better return than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; to her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” (Proverbs 3:13-18)
Beloved, wisdom is knowing the way of the Lord. Wisdom comes through experience with God in His world and includes experiencing His discipline. Wisdom causes us to have the upward look toward God and outward look toward our neighbor
True wisdom promotes health, well-being,, and happiness. Many of the problems that plague human existence springing forth from poor judgment, foolish choices, and confused values. God-given wisdom helps us to avoid these pitfalls and heightens the quality of life.
“So then, just s you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live to him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it Christ that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:6-8)
In the absence of sound teaching, distortions of truth will always rush in to fill the vacuum. Paul expressed the hope that his teaching of the believers at Philippi would establish them in the faith firmly enough to enable them to distinguish between Christian doctrine and human philosophies parading as religious teaching.
Today, no less than in the first century, Christian education stands as a bulwark against false teaching. Such education must be grounded in Chris as Lord of life not on faith in deceptive human teachers.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Then the king of Assyria gave this order: ‘Have one of he priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land requires.’ So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the Lord.” (2nd Kings 17:27-28)
Here, we see a pagan king showing unusual insight when he recognized that the foreign colony living in Samaria needed to live in accordance with the will of the God of Israel. The law of God provides a basis for a stable and durable social order.
Where love, justice, honesty, and reverence are woven into the very fabric of society through the teaching of God’s Word, the people will know how to live in right relationships wit God and with one another. On the other hand, widespread ignorance of the will of God provides a fertile seedbed for injustice, crime and social chaos.