2 Chronicles 21:20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
I’ve thought in the past, one of the saddest sights to see is a person who has lived so long, that they have outlived all their relatives and friends. They come to enjoy a very long life, but they come to this day of departure with no living earthly companions. No one to morn on their day of farewell. However, I have come to think there is one sadder than that. It is someone who has lived a very short life, has many family members, and those who have been brought up with them who are still alive, but at their passing, they do not care that this person is gone. Or even worse, they’re kind of glad for their departure. How sad.
Jehoram was given the kingdom of Judah, simply because He was the oldest son of King Jehoshaphat when he died. He started out as king following the wrong people. He married the daughter of wicked King Ahab of Israel. Instead of following his father’s example, 2 Chronicles 21:6 says he did evil like his wife’s father. Even God was displeased with him as King and sent him a message through Elijah the prophet. God says in 2 Chronicles 21:13 that his brothers, who he had killed, were better than he was. Verse 20 of this chapter records the end of his sad life. When it comes to the end of his short forty year life, and dies from a disease God has given him, it says; “…and departed without being desired.”… Meaning no one cared or regretted his death. They would not even bury him with the former kings.
When we come to the end of our journey, we do not need to be famous, or wealthy. What we do need to have is a testimony God can use to lead other people to himself, through a well lived life for Christ.
What will the preacher and God have to work with when you exit this life?
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