2 Chronicles 24: The Power of a Mentor
It is good to have guidance. It is good to be able to benefit from the experiences that other people have gone through so that you can learn from both the successes and failures. In 2 Chronicles 24, Joash had that in the priest Jehoiada.
2Ch 24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
It does seem to imply that he was doing what was right because he had some type of guidance. He decided that he wanted to repair the Temple which is definitely a good thing to do. He wanted to repair it because of all of the damage that had been done to it by the followers of Baal.
2Ch 24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
His heart was in the right place at this point in his life because he had appropriate influences. Unfortunately, Jehoiada was an old man and he naturally ended up passing away at the age of 130 which meant that there would be new advisors coming into the life of Joash.
2Ch 24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
2Ch 24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
He allowed idolatry to return to Israel, and even when God sent prophets to straighten them out, they didn’t listen. They continued to hurry down a dangerous path, and you knew that destruction would come in the end.
2Ch 24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
Having the mentor there was important. Jehoiada apparently helped keep Joash straight. I hope that we all have some type of mentor who can help keep us on this type of path. While I do wish that this particular mentorship had had a slightly more lasting effect, this is a good story to illustrate the power of having a mentor rather than not having one.