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2 Chronicles 27:2
He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the Lord. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices.
This is the brief story of King Jotham, King of Judah. He was the son of a great king named Uzziah. Of course, Uzziah began to fail in his godly leadership of Judah in his final years. Even so, when Jotham took over after his father’s demise, the Bible says that Jotham did what was right in the Lord’s eyes and actually lived a holier life than his famous father. Yet, the people of Judah continued on in their wickedness, even though their king was a good man.
Whenever I read this short synopsis of Jotham’s life, I always come away with the thought, “Good Just Isn’t Good Enough.” The reason I say that is because Jotham was a good man. He was a righteous man, and perhaps some would call him a holy man, but it wasn’t enough to stem the tide of the unrighteous mayhem of his day. You almost get the feeling that Jotham was living a secluded life separated from his people. How could such a righteous king lead such a wicked bunch of folks called Judah? His father had crossed the line spiritually by going into the holy temple. That was reserved for the priests. Yet Uzziah seemed to accomplish more than his young and perfect son. Sometimes our holiness can come off as pretentious if real action does not accompany our pious stature. In the words of Micah, we are called to DO justly love mercy and walk humbly with our God. If we don’t DO JUSTLY, it’s quite possible that “Good Just Isn’t Good Enough!”
Help me put the DO in my love for people and my heart for justice. I want more than the look of Christianity; I want the love that produces an action that only the Christian faith can accomplish. Amen