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A GOOD THIEF

2 Chronicles 22:11a “But Jehoshabeath the king’s daughter took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom.”

 STEALING FOR THE RIGHT REASON

 Stealing is wrong.  Don’t believe anything else.  But here, in this verse, we find a good thief.  What did Jehoshabeath steal?  Joash, the eventual child king.  Joash’s grandmother was killing all her rivals for the throne after her son died.  She wanted it for her own, and actually had it for a while.  But Jehoshabeath did the right thing and hid Joash to save his life.

Have you ever had to protect someone?  Did protecting them put you in danger?  I’ll never forget protecting my little sister when I was in the second grade. She was in the first grade.  A school bully was picking on her during recess, and I saw it.  I stood up to that bully, who everyone was scared of, and defended my sister. Sometimes, we have to stand up for what’s right, no matter the consequences.

TEACHING MOMENT

 I am not telling you to teach your children to steal or fight.  I am saying your children should be taught to be bold and stand up for the right thing.  What’s the right thing?  Whatever God’s Word says.  We should defend the innocent.  We should stand for life.  We should stand for our beliefs and values.

Little Gertrude and Elrod are going to be challenged by this world.  They will be called intolerant and biased for taking a stand for the things of God.  Let them. Teach them to take pride in that. Doing what’s right feel good.  It pleases the Father.  We don’t know what happened to Jehoshabeath on this earth, but I bet she was rewarded for her actions by God.

Do your actions please the Father?  Are you doing the things you are doing to satisfy yourself, someone else or God? That’s the bottom line question. Nothing you do should be about pleasing anyone but Him.  Then He can bless you for pleasing Him.

Lord, thank You for giving me the wisdom to do what’s right.  You give me the words to follow each day in Your Word.  Help me be bold and courageous in the face of opposition.

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