From time to time, it’s good to look at the behaviour of some people in the Bible to reflect on our own behaviour and character. Here, King Joash find himself in a situation where he does not know what to do. My brother, my sister, when you don’t know what to do what do you do? Who do you call or listen to for advice?
In this passage, Joash listened to counsel that led h…im into evil. Within a short time he even ordered the death of Zechariah… and when he died, he was not buried among the kings and his name does not even appear in Jesus’ genealogy in the New Testament. All this because of the wrong decisions he made, following evil advisors but also because he grew up with people always knowing better than him who never allowed him to grow up to make his own decisions.
The fact is, there is no evidence that Joash ever depended on God at all and his knowledge of God was secondhand (how many parents know Christ but let their children away from Christ). This means that if as Joash you have no relationship with God who can help you to see clearly in order to make changes or adjustments in the advice you receive, you could end up doing what people want you to do instead of what God wants you to do.
My friends, how often have we acted on poor advice without considering God’s Word? Unfortunately, when we become dependent on what people tell us, our effectiveness becomes as limited to the quality of our advisers. Always seek advice and direction from God above those above man’s. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.