The Tragedy of Borrowed Faith




“Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.” – 2 Chronicles 24:2



Imagine becoming the leader of a nation at the tender age of seven! That’s exactly what happened to young Joash. He succeeded the wicked Queen Athaliah as the ruler of Judah in about 835 B.C.



Fortunately, this boy-king had a godly adviser, the priest Jehoiada. His influence can be seen in Joash’s extensive plan to refurbish the temple. The new king made sure that sacrifices and burnt offerings were faithfully made to the God of Israel.



Then Jehoiada died. Almost immediately Joash abandoned his godly pursuits and plunged the nation into idolatry. When Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, rebuked the king and the people for their waywardness, Joash ordered his execution. A short time later, Joash was assassinated by his own officials.



Joash epitomizes superficial spirituality. His decisions weren’t based on deep-seated beliefs; rather, his was a borrowed faith. Like a chameleon, Joash changed to accommodate his surroundings. When Jehoiada was around, Joash behaved like a true believer. When his godly adviser was gone, Joash joined the crowd of unbelievers.



What about you? Do you act like a follower of Christ all the time, no matter what? Or does your commitment change with the circumstances? It’s the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat…think about it!


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