Programs Initiated

Jehoshaphat carries out specific programs as recounted in 2 Chronicles 17. He stationed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and the towns of Ephraim (v. 2). He also removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah (v. 6). Then he sent his officials, Levites, and priests to teach throughout Judah the Book of the Law of the Lord (v. 9).

His purpose for initiating these programs was to make Judah resolute for God and His ways. He believed there was power in godliness and he wanted each individual to be educated in the ways of the Lord. If each individual followed the Lord, he believed his kingdom would flourish.

The chronicler records in this passage that the Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he consulted with Him rather than idols. All the kingdoms surrounding Judah were afraid of Judah under the reign of Jehoshaphat because they felt the Lord was with him so they did not make war. Instead they brought gifts and Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful. He built forts and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem to protect the city (v. 13).

Reflecting on today’s passage, we can see how important it is to take the initiative in learning and teaching the ways of God.  Each day, we can meet with God in prayer to plan out the day; gaining momentum and strength. Each day, we can set out to explore, dream, discover, and get away from the comfort zone in this adventure called life. 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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