“Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 DBY).
Joash was hidden in the house of the LORD for six years from the face of Athaliah so that he would not be destroyed with other royal heirs. But, when Joash was seven years old Jehoiada the priest brought him out, put the crown on him, gave him the Testimony and anointed him as the King of Judah in the place of Athaliah.
Afterwards, Jehoiada commanded that Athaliah, the wicked usurper, be killed by the guards. Jehoiada also made a covenant between himself, the people and the king that they should be God’s people (2 Kings 11:1-21).
King Joash, though very young, naïve and inexperienced, yet he did what was right in the sight of God all the days of Jehoiada the priest who counselled, instructed, taught, and guided him in the way of the LORD. (2 Chro. 24:2).
Unfortunately today, many of our political leaders don’t have men like Jehoiada as their counselors or advisers to guide and influence them to do what is right in God’s sight.
All the days of Jehoiada the priest the Scripture testifies that King Joash listened to him and thus walked in the ways of the LORD and did mighty exploits.
Joash mobilized all the priests and the Levites and all the people of Judah to repair the house of the LORD. At the king’s command, they made a chest and set it outside at the gate of the house of the LORD, and all the people gave willingly and generously towards the repair of the house of the LORD.
The Scripture records: “Then all the leaders and all the people rejoiced, brought their contributions, and put them into the chest until all had given… So the workmen labored, and the work was completed by them; they restored the house of God to its original condition and reinforced it.” (2 Chro. 24:10-13 NKJV).
However, immediately after the death of Jehoiada, the leaders or princes of Judah came to King Joash to coax and lure him into idolatry, and sadly, he listened to them.
The Scripture testifies, “Therefore they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass.” (2 Chro. 24:18 NKJV).
Even when God sent Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest to Joash and the people of Judah, they conspired against him, and “at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.” (2 Chro. 24:21 NKJV).
While Joash was listening to Jehoiada the priest, he was walking in the ways of the LORD. On the contrary, when Joash began to listen to the evil and idolatrous princes of Judah, he became evil and idolatrous like them.
The truth is this; who you constantly, continuously, or consistently listen to will eventually mould, determine, control, influence and shape your motives, thoughts, actions, values, perceptions, passions, and pursuits in life.
Whoever you give your attention to in life will ultimately give direction to your life!
The Scripture warns:
“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Cor. 15:33 NKJV).
“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Prov. 12:26 NKJV).
Many gullible believers today, like Josiah, have been swayed and led astray into doctrines of men and demons, vain worship of saints, spirits or angels, apostasy, heresies, and empty philosophies and traditions of men by listening to false teachers and prophets, carnal and ungodly counselors and philosophers.
Beloved, it is very dangerous to incline your ears and open your heart to any word, teaching, doctrine, advice or counsel that does not conform wholly to the word, teaching or doctrine of Jesus Christ and His early apostles in the New Testament.
King Joash, who once mobilized the people of Judah to repair and restore the house of God to its original condition, forsook the same house of God to serve wooden images and idols when he inclined his ears to listen to ungodly men.
Although Joash started well with God, his end was terrible. He was severely wounded in the battle and his servants conspired against him and killed him on his bed, and he was not buried in the tombs of the kings (2 Chro. 24:25).
What a sad ending to a good starting!
We are now in perilous times when seducing spirits are actively at work in the lives and ministries of many so-called servants of God, thereby influencing them to propagate and broadcast false doctrines and destructive heresies (1 Tim. 4:1-3).
Many carnal ministers of God today are “teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.” (Tit 1:11 NKJV).
Therefore, you must be careful who you listen to!
You will do well to listen to John’s admonition in 2 John 1:
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (NKJV).
Friend, you need to guard your heart by minding who and what you are listening to lest you end up like Joash, departing from the right path, becoming corrupt, and losing your inheritance and place in God’s kingdom.
Choose carefully the books you read, the music and messages you listen to, and even the preacher, teacher, instructor, counsellor or adviser you listen to.
The Bible admonishes you to “Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23 DBY).
Prayer: My Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me to constantly, continuously and consistently incline my ears and open my heart only to wholesome words, doctrines or teachings of Christ, in Jesus’ name. Amen.