The Humble King

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. But Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord. Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God.”

Jehoshaphat lived at Jerusalem. And he went out again among the people, from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers. He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord. He is with you in giving judgment. Now then, let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking bribes.” 2 Chronicles 19:1-7.

When some son of a seer comes to rebuke this king, he takes it to heart. He gets back in the game and strengthens God’s kingdom by reinforcing righteousness in his own.

This is not likely to happen with our own head of state. He fights back against every criticism as a reflex. It’s one of the things his fans like about him. His enemies are the same ones who live to accuse their fellow citizens of every sort of evil, real and imagined. But we now set the bar so low for our leaders, that all we want is our own bully to fight the other bullies.

We desperately need leaders who actually promote righteousness and make sure they are criticized for that. They need to stand on God’s word and not just stand against the fashionable foolishness of our time.

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