What habits are we developing in good times that will help us through the tough times? • Whom do we look to as models of endurance and hope? Neither spouse did more than smile and spout platitudes, but a week later the husband called and said he wanted to talk. Any excuse to leave would have been welcome, but none presented itself.
He chose two wives for Joash and helped Joash restore the temple in Jerusalem and resume worship of the Lord there.
Joash was heavily influenced by others—first by Jehoiada, who led him in the ways of God, and then, after Jehoiada died, by the officials of Judah, who abandoned God and worshiped other gods.
— Job A teenager told me she thought her parents were about to divorce.
She had heard her parents’ nightly arguments and watched her mom turn away her tear-stained face when asked about the situation.
2 Chronicles 24:1–25Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years of Jehoiada the priest.
2 Chronicles 24:2Think about how other people have influenced your life.Christ rose from the dead, and because he lives, we too shall live.—Wayne Brouwer Let’s Talk • When have we felt plagued like Job? • When life was good, Job offered daily sacrifices for himself and his family (see Job 1:5).The high priest Jehoiada was a great influence on little King Joash, who was only seven years old when he became king.Joash needed some help ruling the kingdom, and Jehoiada stepped up as his helper and adviser.Yet I felt obligated to open a pastoral door for either the husband or the wife if it would allow them to get help and healing.