Jehoshaphat was a good king, following the ways of his father, Asa. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. (2 Chronicles 20:32)
I can’t get away from this thought. It is important that we are fully committed to what we believe. In my last blog, I referenced Laodicea, and the scripture that shows us how the Lord looks at lukewarm. This weekend, the Lord reminded me of another example of what can happen if we are not all in.
In the book of 2 Chronicles, scripture tells of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. There is a powerfully well known passage where he sent the worshipers out in front of the battle. The Lord had given him directions, saying that all he needed to do was take his position, and see the Lord’s victory. He believed. He obeyed. At the very moment the singers stepped out, the Lord moved. Jehoshaphat saw the victory of the Lord – completely. As I stood in an open field with other worshipers this weekend, we believed, we obeyed, and I know the Lord moved.
But what happened next? In scripture, it documents how this king ruled over Judah for 25 years. It even says he was a good king. (Many were not!)
There is a however….
What does this have to do with us? If it is important to be all in, to be 100% committed to what you believe, are we? In recovery, we have to be fully committed, rather than have one foot in, one foot out. It just won’t work if we are half-hearted. The pull is too strong! If you are a healing Christian, it is important that you are committed to the Lord. This world will throw arrow after arrow at you – how can you heal your heart if you allow it to be wounded again? The Lord wants our WHOLE heart, not pieces of it.
What happened with Jehoshaphat? It is the however…
Verse 33: During his reign, however, he failed to remove all the pagan shrines, and the people never fully committed themselves to follow the God of their ancestors. (NLT)
Another version says it like this:
Verse 33: The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors. (NIV)
Jehoshaphat was a good king. He was able to take down SOME of the high places, but not all. These high places were where the people went to worship other gods. They were things that were so important to them that they prevented them from being fully committed to the one and only GOD! Jehoshaphat eventually gave in to the pressure. He made an alliance with King Ahaziah of Israel, who was very wicked. Judah would cross over, even though God had so beautifully won the victory for them! They should have been completely all in!
Are you fully committed to what you believe? What if this world tried to pull you to the other side? Could you stand and see the deliverance of the Lord? What is important to you? Are you so all in that those around you can see and know? If you are in recovery, will you do anything to stay sober and clean? Even if that means you let go of old habits?
Please know this… there is no grey zone. Life is black or white. There is a good God, and there is the enemy who is evil. There is clean, and there is high. No in between! Society has tried to convince us that the grey zone exists. It only exists in our minds. You cannot be partially in sober. You need to be all in! If this concept is challenging you – good! I believe God wants to break us free from the grey zone. Message me and let’s talk!