He was marvelously helped UNTIL he was strong….

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There is a short verse in 2 Chronicles about a little known king, but the impact of the verse can be powerful in our lives when we meditate on what it means and how we can apply it:

“So Jotham became mighty because he ordered his ways before the Lord His God.” (27:6)

A sad contrast to this verse, is one written of Jotham’s father, Uzziah, who was king before Jotham:

“…he was marvelously helped until he was strong.  But when he became strong his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly and he was unfaithful to the Lord…” (26:15-16)

The phrase that Uzziah was “marvelously helped until he was strong” seems to be a dichotomy, but in the economy of our Lord, it is simple truth.  God helps the humble, runs to those who depend on & obey Him, and makes mighty him who “orders his ways before the Lord.”

So, what does it look like to order our way before the Lord.  We know that without faith we cannot please God and that we are powerless to “gut it out,” but need His mighty Spirit to faithfully order our way before Him.

Here are some principles and encouragements in the way of the Lord:

1.  To order our lives before the Lord we will need to give some things up.  In Luke 9:23 Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  Amy Charmichael would say of anything she lacked, any hurt she felt, any pain she endured that these were all just “chances to die” and find true life.

2.  Most of God’s will in the Bible is clearly put and has to do with matters of faith, character and conformity to the image of His son.  Don’t miss God’s will for you this day by looking for some great and wild plan that falls from the sky.  Moment by moment obedience will bring days of fruit and years of joy.  A legacy is left as we make moment-by-moment choices to follow Jesus.

3.  Don’t let the urgent things crowd out the vital things.  Time in God’s word, prayer, and fellowship are not optional in this journey of faith.  Sometimes life can get hectic and we are bumped off the path of discipline.  When this happens quickly reorder your life to the things of God.

4.  God has written your story and it is perfect for the plan He has for you and your impact on this world.  Comparing your story to someone else’s only steals from the beauty of your own story.    

 

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