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Totally Committed

2 Chronicles 17:1-6 :

Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel. He placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken. Yahweh was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and didn’t seek the Baals, but sought to the God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not in the ways of Israel. Therefore Yahweh established the kingdom in his hand. All Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance. His heart was lifted up in the ways of Yahweh. Furthermore, he took away the high places and the Asherah poles out of Judah.

One of the highest commendations that a king can have is to be spoken of as being like king David. Jehoshaphat was one of the few that had that commendation from God. What God says about Jehoshaphat is admirable and something that we can follow as Christians. It says here that Jehoshaphat not only walked by God's commandments, but that "his heart was lifted up in the ways of Yahweh." Some good translations simply say that Jehoshaphat remained committed to God, but either way, it takes a sincere heart for God for a man to remain committed, especially when they get rich like Jehoshaphat did.

Jehoshaphat was also a king that went the whole way and removed all the high places; those are places of worship that were used to worship other gods and sometimes to worship God incorrectly. Notice that God was taking note of which king would not worship other gods and would also teach the people to worship God correctly. God expects that same thing today, from those of us who have been given the presence of the Holy Spirit. We must come to God His way and teach others to do the same. We need to separate from the worship systems of any other gods and stick to the teachings of Jesus and His apostles. God has promised to take care of all of our needs.

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