2 Chronicles 23—24: Protégé to a Priest
A car loaded with household goods stands waiting in the driveway. I hug my spiritual mentor, my best friend, goodby. I close the car door behind her and watch her drive away while a gnawing emptiness digs at my gut. My mind goes back over our intense times of searching the Scriptures together, comfortable walks in the woods, shouting rides on a snow sled, tearful problem-solving, brief honest prayers for one another. And I know I can never relive those times. They are gone, with her, to the West Coast.
It hasn't happened—yet. But the scene has crossed my mind often enough for me to ask myself some hard questions: Where is my faith anchored? In her or in God? If she goes, where will I turn for spiritual nurture? Am I a grown woman, able to find constructive ways to meet my own needs? Or am I still wandering, umbilical cord in hand, looking for a place to plug it in?
Warming Up to God
What person is most responsible for your own spiritual development? How has that person nurtured you?
Discovering the Word
- What groundwork did Jehoiada lay to ensure that the child Joash would safely become king (23:3-7)?
- What steps did Jehoiada take to establish spiritual change in Judah (23:12—24:3)?
- How would you describe the relationship between Jehoiada and Joash?
- What indications do you see that Joash tried to make restoring the temple an honest process (24:4-14)?
- What changes came to Judah after Jehoiada's death (24:17-27)?
- Why would you not expect Joash to take this kind of turn?
Applying the Word
- What could you be doing that would help you to continue to mature spiritually if your spiritual leader were removed from your life?
- Think of one person for whom you are a spiritual guardian. How can you help that person continue growing spiritually even if you were no longer available to help?
Responding in Prayer
Thank God for both those who have gone before you to lead the way of faith and those who follow after who you are privileged to lead.