“[Jehoshaphat] walked in all the way of Asa his father. He did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. Yet the high places were not taken away, and the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.”
1 Kings 22:43
Several years ago I was blessed to share my life and disciple a young man at the local college. Our focus on God's word had a great impact on us both. He went on to disciple other men. One of those men discipled yet another group of young men, and one of those men is now discipling 4 more. We don’t always get it right, and we may not reach everyone but if we are faithful we can each help other men “do what is right in the sight of the Lord.”
When God allowed the people of Israel to have successive kings, He knew there would be divisions and gaps in faithfulness, but He also knew there would be a faithful thread that would carry across the ages, even to us in this present time.
King Asa, and his son, King Jehoshaphat, carrying-on the faithfulness from one generation to the next, “doing what was right in the sight of the Lord” are examples of this faithful thread. Although, you can see in the latter part of 1 Kings 22, verse 43, that the faithful thread was being pulled on and beginning to unravel with a slow degradation in faithfulness to the next generation (referencing the high places not being taken away by Jehoshaphat).
By the numbers, 0 out of 20 of the northern Israel Kings were faithful to God, and 8 out of 12 of the southern Judah Kings were faithful to God. 8 out of 32 total is 25% faithful.
Daily Battle Order:
God’s Kingdom math consists of addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division (like 75% of Israel’s kings). What does your Kingdom math look like? Are you living a life of subtracting and dividing, or are you adding and multiplying for God’s Kingdom? Ask God to show you His math for your life. His calculations are perfect and right and for your benefit. Allow Him to show you how to do what is right in His sight.