This story starts out so well! It is quite amazing, really! This young boy, Joash, was saved as a baby, and then became king at the age of eight. That is the age of my two oldest grandsons, and so I can picture it somewhat. At that time, he was influenced by a godly man, Jehoiada, and things went well for him and for the country. But then, Jehoiada died. At that time, Joash began to listen to the wrong people, and everything went downhill from there for him and for the country.
We should be so careful about who we receive advice from--who influences us! We have a tendency to want to get advice that says what we want it to say rather than what we might need to hear. We should surround ourselves with those whose influence helps us to grow stronger in the Lord and His ways.
Father, thank You for those who have rightly influenced me for You and Your ways. Help me to be the right type of influence to those around me. You are good, and I love You. AMEN
My heart is steady, God; my heart is steady. I will sing and praise You. Your great love reaches to the skies, and your truth to the clouds. Psalm 57
So Easily Influenced
17 After Jehoiada died, the officers of Judah came and bowed down to King Joash, and he listened to them. 18 The king and these leaders stopped worshiping in the Temple of the LORD, the God of their ancestors. Instead, they began to worship the Asherah idols and other idols. Because they did wrong, God was angry with the people of Judah and Jerusalem. 19 Even though the LORD sent prophets to the people to turn them back to him and even though the prophets warned them, they refused to listen. (2 Chronicles 24:17-19 NCV)
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