Reading through the Bible together
When Athaliah thought she was in control, her judgment came suddenly. Acts against God will certainly result in failure. Athaliah thought she had everyone killed so her position in the kingdom was secure, but she did no realize that Joash was protected by God since birth. God would not let evil prevail.
On the other hand, God’s control is exercised when we are willing to cooperate with him.God has His chosen people in all ages. In today’s story, Jehoiada was God’s instrument to bring the kingdom back to the rule of God’s chosen people. He had a well-planed strategy to protect Joash, and wisdom from above to arrange the crowning of Joash to take back control of the land.
Sometimes because we believe God is in control, we tend to throw everything at God and hope everything will become smooth and good. It is unfair to God and to people around us not to plan and organize. In fact, God’s will is best accomplished when we perform our duties.
When evil is overthrown, it is also important to make an alliance with God like Jeohiada did. “He made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people that they would be the Lord’s people.” Earthly promises often can fail, but the determination to follow God and become His chosen people is the first step towards reconciliation with Him.
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