This history reveals the decay, the entropy at work in human society, which is the result of sin. When a strong leader dies, everything can fall apart. Jehoshaphat gets involved because he allied his family with Ahab’s. Godly people are capable of great foolishness. Joram heard Elisha, saw what happened, and yet did not come to believe.
“This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD.”
This passage is a good reminder of the limitations we often place on our prayers.
We can be encouraged to ask God for what is harder-won, spiritual realities and blessings. The salvation of our family and friends – The living water that can only be found in Jesus!
* Father God,
Thank You for saving us Lord God.
Please save those around us. Please call our loved ones, our friends and family, and may they answer. Please chase down the wanderers, those who are living their lives in rebellion to You – Please be as the hound of heaven, tracking them to their knees before You.
And please Lord, for the lost around us, those we don’t think about often, those we work with, those people we see on the streets, those people we don’t see at all but who live nearby us – Please Lord save them. Give us opportunity to witness, but whether it is us or some other means – Please save them Lord!
Put within us a heart for the lost.