Key verse: “And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 21:6).
A young lady, who was at an advanced stage of pregnancy, recently told a pathetic story of her life. She boarded an aircraft from a West African country to the United States of America, where she met a Christian, who engaged her in a discussion about Christ. She narrated the mistakes she made in her sinful relationships and the consequences of her acts of indiscretion. According to her, when she got a job, a man came and expressed affection towards her. Unfortunately, she got carried away with infatuation.
She said: “I allowed my emotions and lust to run ahead of my Christian principles, reasoning, and intelligence, and became backslidden by getting involved in immorality with this man who was much older than me. I slacked in my Bible reading, prayers, and church attendance and got far away from my devotion to God.”
The pathetic story above reflects the life of Jehoram, who reigned after his father, Jehoshaphat. Jehoram got married to Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. Unequal relationship breeds compromise. Jehoshaphat’s compromise in business transaction and his son’s compromise in marriage led to his downfall. Athaliah brought the evil practices of her mother, Jezebel, to influence her husband, causing Judah to forget the true God and turn to Baal worship. Edomites and Libnah, who were subjects unto Judah, now revolted under Jehoram’s leadership.
Jehoram followed the ways of Ahab, his father-in-law. No sooner had he come to power than he murdered all the sons of his father, who were better than him. His reign was characterised by wickedness of the highest order.
Godly parents must be unsparing and down-to-earth when taking vital decisions that will affect the future of their children. To avoid corruption, backsliding and wickedness in high places, character and godly conduct must be placed above charisma and ability.
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Culled from DCLM Daily Manna