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Devotional - week of August 3, 2008


COUNSELORS TO DESTRUCTION

 

Wherefore he [Ahaziah] did evil in the sight of the lord like the house of Ahab: for they were his counselors after the death of his father to his destruction.  2 Chronicles 22:4

 

Ahaziah became king of Judah when he was 22 years old. He was the son of Athaliah who was the granddaughter of Omri, a wicked King of Israel and the father of the wicked Ahab.

 

Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, and the house of Ahab were his counselors. The Scriptures say that they were his counselors to his destruction (2 Chronicles 22:2-4). Because of the counsel Ahaziah received, he seemingly never had a chance in life.

 

Ahaziah reigned as king of Judah only one year. He was killed when he went to war with the King of Israel.

 

Then he [Jehu, king of Israel ] searched for Ahaziah; and they caught him … and brought him to Jehu. When they had killed him, they buried him  2 Chronicles 22:7

 

What happened to Ahaziah is a warning to all believers. In Romans 12:2 Paul warns his readers not to conform to the world. His warning is a revelation that there is a natural tendency in the heart of man—even believers—to conform to the world

 

All believers can tell multiple stories about someone who allowed the unsaved world to be such a strong influence in his life that he went the way of the world to destruction.

 

Perhaps the saddest stories of all are about those who went the way of the world even though they had godly and praying parents.

 

When a person lives by grace, he looks to the Lord to be His wisdom. When he does this, he experiences his crucifixion to the world. He refuses to permit anyone but the Lord to direct his life. He is safe from destruction caused by evil counselors.

 

It is important for those who understand and experience the life of grace to encourage all believers to live by grace. Doing so could very well save some fellow believers, and all who love them, from much disappointment and grief.