Daily D – 2 Chronicles 21:20
Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king; he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. He died to no one’s regret and was buried in the city of David but not in the tombs of the kings.
2 CHRONICLES 21:20 (CSB)
As encouraging as 2 Chronicles 20 is, 2 Chronicles 21 is discouraging. The differences between Jehoshaphat and Jehoram are like daylight and dark. When Jehoram died, “his people did not hold a fire in his honor like the fire in honor of his predecessors,” (verse 19). He was not buried among the other kings. Everyone was glad he was gone.
Don’t be that guy.
While it is true that the number of people at your funeral largely depends on the weather, it is also true that how honorably you live will be the greatest factor in those who mourn your passing. The good news is that, unless you are a real jerk, more people will grieve your departure than King Jehoram. So you’ve got that going for you.
As a young pastor in my first full-time pastorate, a family from outside of our church requested a Baptist preacher to speak at a funeral. Of the seventeen or so family members who gathered that day, no one made eye contact unless forced to do so. No one talked. No one came early or left late. No one shed a tear. I don’t know who the guy in the casket was, but he and Jehoram obviously had something in common.
Don’t be that guy, either.
Truth be told, I will not count the number of attendees at my funeral. I do not plan to be there. My attention will be consumed with the One who lives forever.
C. S. Lewis said, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
Let us give God our attention today. Let us do his will on earth as it is done in heaven. This will probably lead to an enhanced crowd at our funerals. More importantly, it will lead to a homecoming of endless adoration.
Poor Jehoram. He lived a wasted life. He was carried out like trash.
I will not waste my life.
Our Father, fill my moments and days with meaning. Guide my steps with purpose. Use me to extend your kingdom. Come rule and reign in me. Make my life meaningful and helpful by your grace and in your strength.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.