Jehoshaphat was a good king, following the ways of his father, Asa. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. During his reign, however, he failed to remove all the pagan shrines, and the people never fully committed themselves to follow the God of their ancestors.2 Chronicles 20:32-33
One final thought about Jehoshaphat. He is commended as one of the good kings of Judah. There weren’t very many. He followed God and scripture says he did what pleased the Lord.
Scripture also tells us he wasn’t perfect. He failed to remove all the pagan shrines and, in turn, the people never fully committed themselves to following God.
This is what I learn from his example. I need to do my best. I obey and listen to the best of my ability. But I will miss something along the way. That doesn’t mean God can’t use me or that I am disqualified as a follower of Jesus. It doesn’t even mean that I don’t please the Lord. Truth is – no one follows completely. We just all do the best we can. That’s why Jesus came. Because we can’t get it perfectly.
So I do my best and trust the rest!
Have a blessed Sunday worshipping remotely! See you “in church!”