Compromise and ungodly influence affected one family and a nation for generations. Often, what you do in moderation, your children will do to excess! How are you influencing others, especially your children?
2 Chronicles 21 & 22
What you do in moderation, your children will do to excess!
The Off Ramp of Compromise
Can you imagine your brother-in-law becomes the king and the next thing you know there is a knock on the door. There are soldiers outside. They drag your husband out and kill him in front of you and the children! Then they head for the homes of your other family members!
That’s basically what Jehoram did to his brothers. Remember, although he made some mistakes, his father Jehoshaphat was considered a good king. But at the end of his life, he allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel and they went into business together. God didn’t allow that business to prosper. In fact, He destroyed it, but his son Jehoram ends up married to wicked Ahab’s daughter Athaliah.
How do you suppose they met? Did Jehoshaphat take his little boy along as he went to Samaria on business? Did he and Athaliah play together as children? We don’t know, but somehow they ended up married and Jehoram ended up following the ways of his wife’s family. She eventually killed her own grandchildren so she could seize power after her husband’s and sons’ deaths! What a family heritage!
Compromise is costly. And it doesn’t just affect us. It affects those around us, especially our children. It’s been said, “What you do in moderation, your children will do to excess.” That is often the case.
Compromise is like an off ramp from the freeway. Once you get on it, you’re heading somewhere else. As believers we should flee—run in stark terror—from sin, worldliness, and anything that might lead us or others into disaster (1 Cor. 10.14, 8.13).
The Power of Influence
One other note to us as women, just like Athaliah, we weild tremendous influence within our families. We must be very careful how we use it, whether wisely or foolishly.
As we read a few days ago:
The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish pulls it down with her hands (Prov. 14.1).
How will you use your influence? In wise ways for the glory of God or for selfish, sinful, foolish purposes?
Today’s Other Readings:
What a picture of our world today! The enemies of God and His people have “lifted up their heads.” They have taken “crafty counsel against His people.” But the answer is in verse one. We His people should cry out to Him:
“Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God!”
The Sovereignty of God
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
What a beautiful reminder of God’s sovereignty!
Some Will Mock, Some will Put It Off, but Some Will Believe!
Sometimes we are tempted to think that people today are so much harder to witness to—what with medical science, evolution, false religions, and other worldly philosophies. But as you read about Paul as he spoke to the philosophers and worldly people of his day, you realize as Solomon eventually did, there is truly nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1.9). It is all vanity (Eccl.1.14) apart from God. But Solomon came to understand the answer, as well: “Fear God and keep His commandments …” (Eccl. 12.13).
So no matter who we have the opportunity to share Christ with, we just need to speak the truth in love. It’s God who opens men’s and women’s hearts. Notice in today’s reading that some mocked him, some said “I’ll think about it later,” but some believed (vss. 32-34).
Are there areas in your life where you know you’re compromising? Where could that off ramp lead in your life and the lives of others? Remember, “What you do in moderation, your children will do to excess.”
We all have influence. How are you using yours—wisely or foolishly, for your glory or His?
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