Scripture Nugget 5.26.2016

“Then all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat at their head, returned to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had enabled them to rejoice over their enemies. They came to Jerusalem, with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the LORD. The fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. And the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around. So Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign; he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD. Yet the high places were not removed; the people had not set their hearts upon the God of their ancestors. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, from first to last, are written in the Annals of Jehu son of Hanani, which are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel. After this King Jehoshaphat of Judah joined with Kling Ahaziah of Israel, who did wickedly. He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish; they built the ships in Eziongeber. Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, ‘Because you have joined with Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy what you have made.’ And the ships were wrecked and were not able to go to Tarshish.” 2 Chronicles 20:21-27

Interesting that the Chronicler says what he does in verses 31-34, before Jehoshaphat dies. What follows is a turning from God – Jehoshaphat’s spiritual death. I cautionary statement for all – tear down, completely destroy the high places in one’s life! Leaving them up possibly leads to temptation and turning away from God and turning to someone or something else. Ultimately, God wrecks the dreams that are not of His authorship. O God that I remain faithful, each and every moment of every day!