Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 30th, 2019
Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the Lord’s people. All the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars…
2 Chronicles 23:16 (NIV)
Be Somebody’s Peer
In 1891, Lord Mount Stephen became the first Canadian to be elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The significant losses of the First World War included many direct heirs to titles and some replacements were found in Canada, resulting in the acquisition of titles by Canadians who, as British subjects, were eligible to inherit. The Nickle Resolution was presented to the House of Commons of Canada in 1917 requesting the Sovereign not to grant knighthoods, baronetcies and peerages to Canadians. This triggered the Canadian titles debate and led to a separate system of order, decorations and medals for Canada.
God always has His people in just the right places to be salt and light in the darkest corners of the world. Joash was a king who started well and finished badly. The good days under Joash were the result of a godly priest named Jehoiada who kept the king pointed towards the Lord. 2 Chronicles 23:16 says, “Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the Lord’s people. All the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars…” Even good kings like Jehoshaphat failed to tear down the high places, the temples of Baal. Under Jehoiada’s direction, King Joash did. As a young man, I was given some good advice. We were talking about peer pressure and he said “we always think of peer pressure as something negative. But you are somebody’s peer. How is your pressure?” God puts His people in just the place He wants them so they can influence others for the Lord! Be Jehoiada for someone today – point them to Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.