10. The example we set matters.
Throughout Kings, we how easily man’s heart turns from God. Enticed by the customs all around them, the people of Israel and Judah soon slipped into idolatry, a practice that became extensive and destructive.
We also see others, like Josiah, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah, who demonstrated what an intimate relationship with God looks like, igniting a longing for the divine in others. Evil was purged from the land, armies were defeated, and revival initiated.
Because of their obedience, lives were changed for all of eternity and their legacy memorialized in the pages of Scripture.
The people of Israel were watching these kings—how they lived their lives and their faith. People are watching us, as well. May we, daily, set an example in how we live and act so that our every word and deed points others to our powerful, victorious Savior.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels maintains a devotional blog found at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
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