July 28

2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21; Romans 11:13-36; Psalm 22:1-18; Proverbs 20:7

One of the saddest epithets I’ve ever heard was said about Jehoram, “No one was sorry when he died” (2 Chronicles 21:20). No one would want this said about them. But, if we look at his life, we can see where Jehoram missed it and erased his legacy.

Jehoram took someone else’s purpose and didn’t live out his own. He desired to be a king but he was not in the succession line. He stole it and because he assumed something that was not meant for him, he did not have the grace to accomplish it. Be careful not to run after someone else’s dreams because God has given you a unique dream for your life.

Also, Jehoram did not follow the godly example that was set before him. Each of us has been shown a better way through Christ but knowing it and not living by it means nothing. If you abandon the righteous way that God has shown you, you run the risk of canceling your legacy.

Then, Jehoram associated with those who rejected God. Everyone knew that Ahab and Jezebel’s children were god-haters. But, Jehoram married one of their daughters. He was on the wrong road and when he got married, his life  was taken further off course. His life was heading off a cliff and he did not repent.

With all of this, he died and never received a royal burial and people were glad he was gone. Let this not be said of us! Let us live out our purpose and follow the godly example set before us while we associate with like-minded people of faith. When we do this, our legacy will shine brightly!

Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28; Romans 12:1-21; Psalm 22:19-31; Proverbs 20:8-10

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