Ownership. Accountability. not Blame. not Excuses. You get to choose what you are going to do. You have control of the actions you take and the decisions you make. Leave the past in the past. This morning a post I saw resonates with this as it spoke to keys.
There things that have happened in the past that have created ideas or viewpoint or memories. We need to learn from it so that it helps us act better and more responsibly. Saying that we did something because of what our parents did or said may work when we are younger, but as we get older and mature, the reality is it is our decision how we will act and respond. The same is true when looking into something, if the parents or the kids are caught doing the wrong thing, it isn’t always the case that you should blame the other. This is brought up in today’s reading when we see how the king responds in regards the murder of their father.
When he had the affairs of the kingdom well in hand, he executed the palace guard who had assassinated his father the king. But he didn’t kill the sons of the assassins—he was mindful of what God commanded in The Revelation of Moses, that parents shouldn’t be executed for their childrens’ sins, nor children for their parents’. We each pay personally for our sins. — 2 Chronicles 25
So as you consider where you are at today, where will you turn for help? Do you have wise council who you can turn to or hear from? Will you try to get it done with human power, or will you turn to God and seek His miraculous power? Let’s not try to get it done in our own power, but let’s allow God to be the key ingredient to what we need to do and get done. I know that I can only succeed if God helps me. He has allowed a large amount to be placed before me, but I know that He is bigger than it all. I know that even before it all showed up, He had a plan for getting it done. Nothing surprises God. Setbacks are just a setup for comeback. Challenges are able to help build our faith by seeing what and how God will work through it. Fear Not, Just Believe! In today’s reading, we hear such advice to the king:
7-8A holy man showed up and said, “No, O King—don’t let those northern Israelite soldiers into your army; God is not on their side, nor with any of the Ephraimites. Instead, you go by yourself and be strong. God and God only has the power to help or hurt your cause.”9But Amaziah said to the holy man, “But what about all this money—these tons of silver I have already paid out to hire these men?”“God’s help is worth far more to you than that,” said the holy man.10So Amaziah fired the soldiers he had hired from the north and sent them home. They were very angry at losing their jobs and went home seething.11-12But Amaziah was optimistic. He led his troops into the Valley of Salt and killed ten thousand men of Seir. They took another ten thousand as prisoners, led them to the top of the Rock, and pushed them off a cliff. They all died in the fall, smashed on the rocks. — 2 Chronicles 25:7-12
Others may not respect or respond well to your obedience to God’s wisdom and direction, but keep your hope and trust in God for the battle in the end belongs to Him. Don’t take up parts of your victory and lift it up, give God all the glory. Don’t turn your back on God or you are setting yourself up for a fall – pride comes before the fall. Be a humble servant of God and allow your life to shine for Him. Jesus reminds us of that when He spoke:
“I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” — John 14:6
We see how the pride of victory affected the king.
14-15On his return from the destruction of the Edomites, Amaziah brought back the gods of the men of Seir and installed them as his own gods, worshiping them and burning incense to them. That ignited God’s anger; a fiery blast of God’s wrath put into words by a God-sent prophet: “What is this? Why on earth would you pray to inferior gods who couldn’t so much as help their own people from you—gods weaker than Amaziah?”16Amaziah interrupted him, “Did I ask for your opinion? Shut up or get thrown out!”The prophet quit speaking, but not before he got in one last word: “I have it on good authority: God has made up his mind to throw you out because of what you’ve done, and because you wouldn’t listen to me.” — 2 Chronicles 25:14-16
I have heard it said that the biggest challenge in life is success. God doesn’t call us to success, but to faithfulness is another nugget I have received in my reading and following of Os Hillman and his TGIF devotional.
What will it take to get your attention? What will it take for you to get real? What will it take for you to see the reality of the situation? Don’t be blinded by pride! Don’t be living the lie.
18-19Jehoash king of Israel replied to Amaziah king of Judah, “One day a thistle in Lebanon sent word to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son in marriage.’ But then a wild animal of Lebanon passed by and stepped on the thistle, crushing it. Just because you’ve defeated Edom in battle, you now think you’re a big shot. Go ahead and be proud, but stay home. Why press your luck? Why bring defeat on yourself and Judah?”20-22Amaziah wouldn’t take no for an answer—God had already decided to let Jehoash defeat him because he had defected to the gods of Edom. So Jehoash king of Israel came on ahead and confronted Amaziah king of Judah. They met at Beth Shemesh, a town of Judah. Judah was thoroughly beaten by Israel—all the soldiers straggled home in defeat. — 2 Chronicles 25:18-22
It’s important to have good counselors, good mentors, good pastors in your life to speak truth and wisdom into you. Don’t shake off the value of this but pursue God’s wisdom. Don’t forget or turn from the truth, but pursue after God’s will every day. If you turn your back on God, you are walking away from His protection and His purpose. If you walk out from under His covering and plans, you become a target. So today as you consider where you are at, ensure you are under the covering of God and within His will.