Jehovah-Jireh!! God my Provider
Grabbing the baby and frantically running through the corridors towards the Temple, Jehosheba’s anxiety soared through her veins. Hearing the screams and rage coming from behind her, she focused on the task at hand. Holding the baby close to muffle any cries, J ehosheba motioned for the baby’s nurse to hurry and follow her.
“When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed. He remained hidden with his nurse at the Temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.”
Athaliah, a murderer and wicked woman who encouraged her son in “wrong doing” (2 Chronicles 22:3), thought she had annihilated the royal linage of King David, but she was mistaken. God always has a plan and will always triumph. This prideful, arrogant woman was no match for another who loved the Lord and followed after His ways. Good verses Evil, hate versus love, wickedness versus righteousness and pride versus humility. J ehosheba ran to the very place, the place Hannah ran for comfort, the place were our High Priest sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Hebrews 8:1-2), the Temple of the Lord. Where else would you place a baby far away from wicked hands, but in the “secret place of the Most High” (Psalm 91:1).
Jehosheba reminds me of Mordecai’s words to Queen Esther, “Do not think because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” God will not let his people perish.
For six years, the young prince Joash remained hidden with his nurse at the Temple of the Lord while a wicked woman ruled. Ladies, the Bible never promises life without persecution or hatred, but on the contrary our Lord and Savior said we are to expect it and receive it with great joy, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
I can only imagine what those six years were like. Having to keep this child hidden, think of Jochebed, from people who would intent him harm, to hide an infant, a child locked away from prying eyes and gossiping mouths, must have had Jehosheba on and her husband on high alert. I am sure there were “sheep in wolves clothing” ready to messenger the latest uprising, gossip and revolt up to Athaliah. Six years of praying, fasting, and believing the Lord for protection and safety. Six years of waiting for the right time to announce who the rightful king was. Six years of private conversations, praying these men who stood beside Jehoiada the priest, Jehosheba’s husband, would not betray them or King David’s heritage. How long are you willing to wait for the Lord? Are you willing to stand up against evil, in such a time and season as this for our Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you Jehosheba?
Joash was seven years old when he began to reign (2 Kings 11:21). He reigned in Jerusalem forty years, did what was right in the Lord’s eyes and was instructed by Jehoiada the priest (2 Kings 12:1-2). “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Joash was trained in the way of the Lord and God’s eyes approved.
Because of one woman’s bravery, because of one woman’s quick thinking, because of one woman willing to risk her life for the Lord, for truth and righteousness, good conquered evil; one woman.
I pray that I can be as Jehosheba. I do not want to be afraid of those who can harm the body, but not kill the soul, for as Christ said, “Do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will to be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:26-28).
We are living in a time where many desire to silence the church.
Christians are living in a time where there is no prayer in school for our children and where many refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance for not to offend someone with the verse, “Under God”. We are living in a time were Christians are being persecuted, killed, imprisoned, and silenced because of the Gospel. America is in a state of “luke-warmness”. Where is the outrage of these atrocities? Where are the Christians whose children attend public school campaigning for prayer? Where are the Christians who desire worship and praise instead of “ungodly, twerking, scantily clothed” concerts? Where are these Christians? I pray your reputation precedes you as a Christian who spreads the Gospel, is unashamed to stand with Christ, who picks up her cross daily and lives for a High Priest.
Do not think you are the only one. As I write, I am reminded of what the Lord spoke to the prophet Elijah, “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel – all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouth have not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).
Pray to the Lord for those who will stand with you, pray with you, encourage you, and desire this same precious seed to spread. I plead with you, do not compromise and succumb to the world. It may look like there is no hope, but our God is a very big God. We serve Maker of Heaven and Earth, Jehovah Jirah, El-Shaddai, Adonai, and the Great I AM! He will never leave you nor forsake you. Fight the good fight and be as Jehosheba in faith, spread the Gospel and Truth of Jesus of Nazareth.
Pray the Prayer for Protection on the Prayer Page. The full teaching is available on our Resource Page; One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 2