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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
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Blame Game Over
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, Do not answer him. II Kings 18:36 AMP
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Memory Verse: And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. II Chronicles 27:2
In today’s reading, we meet a King who did that which was right in the sight of the LORD (II Chronicles 27:2). Yet, the kingdom was not pleasing to God.
Matthew Henry wrote:
The people did corruptly. Perhaps Jotham was wanting towards the reformation of the land. Men may be very good, and yet not have courage and zeal to do what they might. It certainly casts blame upon the people. Jotham prospered, and became mighty. The more stedfast we are in religion, the more mighty we are, both to resist evil, and to do good. The Lord often removes wise and pious rulers, and sends others, whose follies and vices punish a people that valued not their mercies.
The natural man wants always to blame someone else for his calamities. Yet, when and if good comes, he wants still to be honored and credited by all of success. So whose fault is it when the people are wicked though the King is good?
It’s time out for blaming the leader every time you can’t get a breakthrough. Have you not heard how Hezekiah turned his [own] face to the wall (Isaiah 38:2)? Will you also fault Jesus for not doing many miracles (He did do some miracles – since some people will believe if you others won’t) when you don’t even believe He can do them (Matthew 13-58)? Without faith, it is impossible to please God. And if you can not please Him, do you think your name is at the top of His “granted” list?
It may be that Jotham was frustrated by the doubt of people of who keep praying for a miracle, but don’t think God can do one for them. He tried to show them how to get God’s attention. He tried to model for them, that they should build up the broken gates of the Lord’s city. They should turn from their wicked ways. Maybe he became discouraged because of people who refused to serve God – but only wanted others to honor them – and their hearts were far from the Lord. Maybe he lived in a time before the Savior had come to earth. He didn’t hear Jesus say, pray for them that curse you. He never knew about the Comforter, who will help you to keep on praising God, even when your own family tries to break you down; even when people call you a Jesus Freak – and they think that’s an insult – because they don’t know what that means! Don’t get mad. Get glad. I would rather be a servant of God, than a King of imps.
We know that Jotham’s intent to do well was honored by God – seeing as the Lord prospered him in His reign. Don’t you think God knows whether or not you really mean to serve Him – and whether you are faced with the hard-headed, who want to block your uprising? Even if you can not do many miracles because of unbelief in Israel, you can still shake off the dust of your feet (Matthew 10:14) and go west!
So who is to blame? Jotham could have done more than he did. That was a snare to him. And the people who caused a believing man to doubt, are also to blame. Now that we know there is no room to point fingers, since all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23), then let’s all get together and stop faking righteousness by comparing ourselves to the unGodly saying see, “I am better than they are;” and just start living holy. Because not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” will hear, well done (Matthew 7:21-23).
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
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