Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 3:1-4:37 / Acts 21:1-26 / Psalm 78:56-72
Both adults and children ask questions…sometimes a child’s question can be quite comical or surprisingly profound. They are masters at asking, “Why?” We can get tired of answering “whys” and at times have difficulties on how to answer their “whys”. In 2 Kings 3, we discover some important questions that were asked by some important people and the answers they received were very revealing.
The evil King of Israel, Joram, asks the righteous King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Moab?” No one would have condemned Jehoshaphat if he said “no” but he responded, “I will go with you.” Why…because “I am as you are, my people as your people…” (vs.7)
After they marched 7 days and ran out of water, Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord through him?” (vs.10) An officer of the King of Israel responded, “Elisha…” (vs.11) Elisha was a proven voice who would give God’s true and wise counsel.
Elisha asked the approaching evil King Joram, “What do we have with each other?” (vs.13) The answer was “nothing” because Joram did not worship God. But Elisha responded, “If I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you or even notice you.” (vs.14)
Righteous men like Jehoshaphat desire to be a vessel through which God can use to bring hope and deliverance to all men. They are driven to seek the true heart and purpose of God. They also find great favor in the eyes of the Lord. So the question is…what kind of person ought we to be? The answer is…one who pursues and follows the righteousness of God. Remember, God always has an answer to every one of our questions…just trust Him in the silence, sooner or later He will answer, He promises!