“Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.” 2 Chronicles 27:6.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 6-7, 2 Chronicles 26-27, and Philemon.
I am always looking for “role model” material as a read through the Bible. One of them showed up today in Jotham.
Note the secret to Jotham’s success: “he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.”
Plenty for me to latch onto from Jotham’s example.
The word “steadfastly” is a synonym for “consistently.” I am a believer with an inconsistent spiritual lifestyle. I know plenty about what God wants me to do but trying to live it out consistently is a major struggle.
I find myself letting go of God. I don’t do it deliberately, just often. I look around, after a while, and wonder why I am drifting along apart from Him.
I do not want to be estranged from God and I know how glorious it is to be close to Him. But in my weakness, I get loose from Him, and live to regret it.
Jotham’s relationship with God was steadfast. I am certain that he was intentional about it. Jotham didn’t drift through many days in a state of unawareness of God. I do that too often!
My part-time job has ended for three months. I am home and much more accountable for what I do and don’t do. I don’t respond well to others holding me accountable. I have many good intentions but I like to enact them on my terms. That doesn’t always play well at home! But where is God in all this? I need to be steadfastly cultivating my relationship with God. I need Him at the get-go, plus there must be plenty of interactions throughout the day with Him. I know what I need to do……….will I attach myself to it?
“Lord, thank You for parading role models past my eyes in Your Word. I need to realize what separates me from You. Help me to steadfastly follow You. To be willing to go all-in in my relationship with You. Forgive me for being so inconsistent at home. Your Love must shine off me here. Help me, Father.”
Do you pursue God “steadfastly?”