Daily D – 2 Kings 12:2
Throughout the time the priest Jehoiada instructed him, Joash did what was right in the LORD’s sight.
2 KINGS 12:2 (CSB)
- Who is it who helps you stay on the Straight and Narrow?
- Who is it who gives you wise counsel and timely advice?
- Who is it who asks you the hard questions that lead to the right answers?
Everyone needs someone like this. Two are three someones are even better. People like Jehoiada provide instruction and accountability. They show us the way we should go based on their own prior experience and the example of others. They know the difference between what someone wants to happen through a particular course of action and what will probably happen based on how things have unfolded before.
If you are on the younger side of middle age, who is your Jehoiada? Who do you go to for up-close wisdom and instruction? Who mentors you at a distance through their writing and teaching?
If you are on the other side of middle age, who is your Joash? Who are you coaching and encouraging? How are you preserving your wisdom to benefit others who come behind you?
Young leaders full of ideals and ideas help keep older leaders fresh in their thinking. Older leaders full of experience and wisdom help keep younger leaders from errors that cannot be erased.
This is the blessing of accountability. Accountability is not a punitive experience. Instead, it answers the question my friend Dave Rhodes likes to ask: How can we help me step into who God has called me to be?
This verse is a powerful point of truth. As long as Joash had Jehoiada, he “did what was right in the LORD’s sight.” Every Joash needs a Jehoiada. Every Jehoiada needs a Joash. One step further: Every Jehoiada needs a succession plan. Every wise leader should equip and train those who will eventually succeed him. Otherwise, there will be disaster like what happened in the rest of the Joash story.
- Who mentors you?
- Who are you mentoring?
- How are you preparing your successor for success?
I will learn from wise mentors and mentor those who would benefit from my experience.
Our Father, thank you for wise mentors who have taught me and guided me. They asked me hard questions. They helped me discover the right answers. They showed me the way I should go. Empower me to serve others in this manner even as I continue learning along the way. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.