Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:8-20; 2 Kings 8:23-29; 2 Chronicles 22: 1-7; 2 Kings 9:1 through 2 Kings 10:17; 2 Chronicles 22:8-9; 2 Kings 10:18-31
In some of the planning and prioritizing workshops I’ve taught I led participants through an exercise where they had to write their obituary. I know it sounds morbid and you’re probably thinking, “Dianne, I don’t want to start my day thinking about obituaries!” But, as Steven Covey, the Life Management guru says, “we must begin with the end in mind.”
In today’s reading, Jehoram should have spent some time thinking about the end of his life…
His people did not build a great funeral fire to honor him as they had done for his ancestors. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery. –2 Chronicles 21:19-20
Why did Jehoram’s obituary read, “No one was sorry when he died?”
- He abandoned the Lord, the God of his ancestors.
- He built pagan shrines and led the people to give themselves to pagan gods and go astray
- He did not follow the good example of his father Jehoshaphat, or his grandfather King Asa of Judah
- He was as evil as the kings of Israel
- He led people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols
- He killed his own brothers
The first step to Jehoram’s downfall was abandoning the Lord.
I looked up the word abandon; Dictionary.com defines it as “to cease trying to continue.” One day of “ceasing to try” led to another and another, until Jehoram reached a point of no return.
For all of us, each day “continuing to try” to serve the Lord and know Him more is a choice.
- Move forward?
- Step backward?
- Stand still?
Two of these get you farther from God than yesterday, one gets to closer.
If we move forward in our journey to Know Him More each day, our obituary will take care of itself!
Are you struggling to “continue to try” today?
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 11:1-3; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Kings 11:4-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-11; 2 Kings 11:13-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-15; 2 Kings 11:17-21; 2 Chronicles 23: 16-21; 2 Kings 12:1-16; 2 Chronicles 24:1-22; 2 Kings 10:32-36