Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015 “Good Riddance”

“His people made no funeral fire in his honor, as they had for his predecessors. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.”                                    (2 Chronicles 21: 19-20)

 

Good Morning Dear Friends!

Later this week, I will be conducting a memorial service at the church I serve for a dear woman of God who was called home by the Lord after a long, lingering illness. I will have much to share regarding her character, for she was a woman with a true heart for God. She especially loved singing his praises, and even in her weakened condition, when I would go to visit her, she would sing along as I shared some of those great hymns of the church with her at her bedside. She knew every word of every verse, and smiled as together we sang our praises to the Lord. The service will be a great remembrance of a life lived in Christ and a testimony to His redeeming love. Sadly, not all services are such occasions.

A while ago, an article appeared in the national news about a Nevada woman who had died and the scathing obituary her children wrote about her, citing her abuse of them throughout their lives. Basically, they were expressing their relief at her demise and saying, in effect, “Good riddance” to her in a most public fashion. Can you even imagine such a thing? It was more akin to saying “ farewell to winter and hello to spring” for this family! As newsworthy as this story might have been, it’s not the first such “obituary.” Here in 2nd Chronicles 21: 18-20, in God’s Word, we have a similar account of a man’s life laid out for us. This one was named Jehoram. He came from a good family. His father, King Jehosephat, though imperfect, was regarded with respect and accounted, overall, to be a godly king who did what he could to reestablish proper worship and regard for God during his reign. His son Jehoram, on the other hand, had murdered his own brothers, reestablished idol worship in the land, and married the daughter of the wicked Jezebel…a daughter who was much like her mother. He managed to make many enemies who ravaged his kingdom, carried off its spoils, and stole his children. To top it all off, he was afflicted with a terrible disease which eventually took his life.. How was he, the king, remembered by his subjects? It is written “His people made no fire in his honor, as they had for his fathers…He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.” His was not a life well-lived, nor well-remembered. Would that he had learned godliness from his father and followed his example of a prayerful life! How will you be remembered at your passing? Will you be remembered as a godly man or woman…one who strove to serve the Lord faithfully and prayerfully, or will it be more like Jehoram or that woman in Navada, who died to no one’s regret?  Live prayerfully. Live honorably. Live as a Child of the King should live. Let’s pray!

O Lord our Maker; It is our desire to live our lives in such a way that our thoughts, words, and deeds would honor You and please You and serve as a clear example to others what a life lived in Christ is all about. Keep us on a straight and narrow path of righteousness, where “goodness and mercy” are our constant companions. This we pray in Jesus’ Holy Name! Amen!

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