Jehu

Throughout our lives we have answered to various kinds of authority: parents, teachers, bosses, and ministers among them. As long as they tell us to do things that are in accordance with God’s laws, we must listen to them. Ultimately, however, we owe our chief allegiance to God and are commanded to walk in His laws and ways. Not everyone either in Biblical times or today held or holds that view as we understand it. One of these men who didn’t obey God’s laws was Jehu. “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart; for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin”(2 Kings 10:31). Jehu was the man God used to rid the kingdom of Israel of wicked king Ahab and his family. He even did a seemingly good thing and gathered all the worshipers of Baal together in the temple for what was supposedly a feast to Baal, but was instead a means used to kill them all (verses 20-25). Furthermore he broke down the image of Baal and eradicated the worship of that idol from the land of Israel (verses 27, 28). Did this mean that his heart was perfect toward God or that at least there was some sort of common grace in his life? Verse 29 shows that this was not the case. “Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel and that were in Dan.” In other words, Jehu replaced one kind of idol worship with another and as was said above, had no regard for the laws of God whatsoever. What about us? Do we obey the laws of God and take heed to what they say, or do we follow popular trends and political correctness? Do we worship God or trust in ourselves and our own abilities? Many around us today, including some churches, choose to follow the politically correct way of doing and saying things. Others emphasize trusting in one’s own talents, whether academic, athletic, musical, or anything else they can find to put their trust in. There is, however, only one way of doing things and that is what God reveals to us in the Bible. The only way of finding true peace is in the way of obedience to God. The first verse and chorus of the hymn “Trust and Obey” puts it this way: “When we walk with the Lord/ in the light of His word/ what a glory he sheds on our way/ while we do His good will/ He abides with us still and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey/ for there’s no other way/to be happy in Jesus/ but to trust and obey”. When we do this by God’s grace and Holy Spirit, we will have the strength we need and seek to go about our everyday lives no matter what may happen to us.

Kevin Rau

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