We Need Leaders Who Inspire – Part 1 (2 Chronicles 17)

Scripture reading – 2 Chronicles 17; 1 Kings 17

2 Chronicles 17 – A Revival in Judah

Jehoshaphat, having learned from the failures of his father Asa, became Judah’s fourth king and “walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; 4  But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings [sins and wickedness] of Israel” (17:3-4).

While the people of Israel suffered oppression due to the wickedness of their kings, Judah returned to a time of spiritual revival. King Jehoshaphat turned his heart to the LORD and began to walk in the way of God’s Law and Commandments (17:4), and Judah began receiving the blessings of the LORD. After removing the idol places, Jehoshaphat dispatched five “princes” (emissaries of the king) throughout Judah who were charged with insuring the people were taught in the Word, the Law, and Commandments (17:8). Two priests and nine Levites were charged with instructing the people in “the book of the law of the LORD” (17:7-9).

As God blessed Jehoshaphat, the “fear of the LORD” fell upon Judah’s neighbors who paid tribute to Judah (17:10-11). “Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store [storehouses of provisions]. 13And he had much business [trade] in the cities of Judah” (2 Chronicles 17:12–13a). The king’s love and dedication to the LORD and His Law, inspired “mighty men of valour” to rally around him in Jerusalem, and the nation experienced a season of peace and prosperity (17:13-19).

Closing thoughts: We are facing a world in trouble. Plagues, famine, the peril of a pandemic, and political corruption have become a perpetual menace. Unfortunately, in the hour when we need integrity in government and authority, we are void of strong leadership in every aspect of society. Even Bible-believing churches and Christian institutions are plagued with weak, pathetic spiritual leaders who lack both passion and conviction.

Is there hope for these troubled times?  The answer is the same as it was in Judah’s day. We need leaders who, like Jehoshaphat, will lead our churches, schools, and nation to repent of their sins, turn to the LORD, and walk in the ways of His Law and Commandments (2 Chronicles 17:3-5, 10, 12-13).  

Only then will the LORD hear our prayers, and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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