It’s so beautiful how God gives us His heart when we surrender our lives to Him. We cease to exist and live for ourselves and begin to live for Him, we’ll find that our hearts desires become the same things that Gods heart desires. Almost like God replicates Himself in any man who will allow Him.
I was reading of David in 1 chronicles 13:1, it said “David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.”
What David did here is what God still does till today, God confers with all of His officers, notwithstanding the number they command over, whether the commanders of thousands, hundreds, tens or even of ones.
I met another John the Baptist in same book of Chronicles and this man goes further to prove to me that God confers with all His commanders, even the ones He has placed over just one.
When king Ahaziah was killed, His mother took over as king over Judah, but it was not to be so because God had given word over the lineage of David that there will always be a root springing from there as king.
So we read of a man in 2 chronicles 23 named Jehoiada who rose up to ensure that Joash, who was the last living son of the previous king, would sit and reign as king. Jehoiada fought for Joash and stood by him through His entire tenure as King. The bible actually says of Joash that “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.”
2 Chronicles 24:2
John the Baptist came to mind as I read about Jehoiada. John the Baptist too, came to the earth as “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” His purpose did not exceed that. He came and prepared the way for Jesus and took a bow when it was time to go.
Jehoiada here as well, having the access and power, could’ve decided to make himself or someone in his lineage king, but decided to fight for the cause of the Lord and ensure that a descendant of David continued in the throne as King over Judah.
I read further to the end of this mans life, and it was recorded of Him in the bible that “Jehoiada was old and full of years, and he died at the age of a hundred and thirty. He was buried with the kings in the City of David, because of the good he had done in Israel for God and his temple.”
2 Chronicles 24:15-16
Jehoida died and received a kings burial and site, despite not being a king in his lifetime.
Like John the Baptist, Jehoiada also mirrors those who command over one. Not tens, or hundreds or thousands, but one.
I’m convinced that more of us in our time have been sent to earth to command just one. But we get carried away by the worlds definition of success and impact and insist on commanding hundreds and thousands, even though we have been called to just that one purpose.
Reading of how David conferred with with all His commanders, reminds us that God will do same; confer with all He has sent regardless of the number He has sent them to. The reality of this life is that not all of us will command over millions, thousands of hundreds, the most important thing is that we’re faithful and diligent in whatever we’ve been given to command over.
This was my concluding note on the life of Jehoiada and I hope you’re inspired too;
“Seest thou a man diligent in his work… Jehoiada may not have stood before kings (even though he did, as the priest of his time as his job), but he was honourably buried with kings because of his diligence over just one man through his lifetime. May I be diligent in my work, even if it appears to be over one.”
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Excellent! Some of us are called to command one. The thought even occurred to me that this one person could be oneself. Blessings. !
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Yes indeed David, thank you for reading and engaging x