We Don’t Know

Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months…He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his fathers had done. 2 Kings 23:31, 32

Jehoahaz came from one of the best stock in the long line of the kings of Judah. The LORD had praised Josiah for his godly acts numerous times. Quite frankly, Josiah’s “resume” was noteworthy and spotless. So what happened to Jehoahaz (and his brother Jehoiakim later)? Where did Josiah go wrong?

We don’t know that he did.

And often, neither can you. You see, it’s easy to blame parents for the actions of a son or daughter. I suspect many reading this devotional have also blamed themselves for things that have gone wrong in your child’s life. That may be true when the child was really young, but remember, Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he took over the kingdom. At 23, he was a grown man, and was able to make his own choices in spite of what his parents or anyone else thought.

I know this might seem harsh and heartless but you need to stop beating yourself up over the poor decisions your child(ren) have made as adults. Pray for them, yes, but like Jehoahaz, kids have to find their own way in life, even it means getting into serious trouble to do it.

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