Pastor Tim Romero
2 Chronicles 20:31-33
2 Chronicles 20:31–33 (ESV): "31 Thus Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32 He walked in the way of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. 33 The high places, however, were not taken away; the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their father."
Idolatry and the worship of false gods have always been a struggle for man. We are worshippers and worshippers worship. We must make sure that the only one that is receiving our sacrifice of praise and our offerings of thanksgiving and adoration is Jehovah God. May we truly have NO OTHER gods before us!
Ezra, the writer of 2 Chronicles, summarizes the life of King Jehosaphat favorably. He declared that the king kept his heart centered on God and did what was right in his sight all the days of his life. Jehoshaphat did have a couple of failures though. He aligned himself with Ahab and he failed to remove the "high places", which were the places of idol worship in the land. The children of Israel were still going after other gods during his reign. God is a jealous God and He shares His glory with no man.
Like the children of Israel, we must be very careful about what we allow in our lives for we are worshippers and if we aren't giving God our worship we will give it to another. We must remove the "high places" in our hearts for God will not contend with idols. Tear down the altars that belong to the false gods of pleasure, wealth, false-security, and the like. Give the Lord full control of every area of your heart today. You'll be happy you did for we will never experience God in all His fullness until He is the only one we are worshipping.
Father, we thank You for being our great God and King. You alone are worthy of our worship. You alone deserve our whole heart. Reveal any idols within and help us to tear them down. May our heart only have one altar that belongs to You. Forgive us and move in us to surrender wholeheartedly to You even now. To You be the glory forever and ever, in the name of Jesus we pray, amen.