For Us as for Jotham

Prior to Jotham, the last three kings of Judah had started well, but became corrupt as they became proud of their success. Jotham stayed the course and was seen in a purely positive light by the Chronicler.

For us as for Jotham, this is not a once-for-all decision, but a daily struggle. That is why we need the support of the community of faith, and the discipline of continual prayer and reflection upon the Scriptures. No less a teacher than the apostle Paul described his lifestyle as continual preparation and training, like an athlete preparing for the games, “so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). We, like Jotham, must be prepared to order our ways and stay the course if we wish to be God’s people. As Jesus sternly warns, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Beginning is good. Continuing is better. Finishing is best.

Steven Shawn Tuell, First and Second Chronicles, Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 2001), 205.

Father, please help me to finish well.

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