Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


February 12, 2010

In Texas it's, "Yay-who," elsewhere, maybe, "yaw-who," but he was a King of Israel in a long line of despots, and godless tyrants. However...

Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.
- 2 Kings 10:31 TNIV 

The Lord's prophet commissioned Jehu to clean up the remains of Ahab's and Jezebel's offspring. Bloodthirsty Jehu was glad to obey that "word from God." To a person, he wiped them from the earth. Then he turned his attention to the followers of Baal worship. Wiped them out as well. Jehu was a bloodthirsty agent of God's wrath. However, he did not heed God's Law and continued to stumble, and pulled many others in Israel down with him. Jehu's obedience, to use the term loosely, was far from heart-felt devotion to the Lord, to God's Word.

By the mercy of God, we are aware we fall far short of perfection. Yet where is our heart devoted? The appearance of obedience does not a faithful heart make. Jehu is a case in point. Today may be a good day to do a heart check. Where is your heart's devotion?

Dale Patterson