The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab in accordance with everything that was in My heart, [a]your sons (descendants) shall sit on Israel’s throne to the fourth generation.” But Jehu did not take care to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin. – 2 Kings 10:30-31
Jehu rid the northern kingdom of royally sanctioned Baal worship. It was done, however, not from spiritual and godly motives, but because Jehu believed that Baalism was inextricably bound to the dynasty and influence of Ahab. By its extermination, he thought he would kill all the last vestiges of Ahab loyalists and incur the support of those in the land who worshiped the true God.
“Despite his comet like beginning, spiritually speaking, Jehu was a falling star, so his reign is largely passed over in silence.” – Patterson and Austel
Perhaps if Jehu had walked in the law of the Lord “with all his heart,” the nation would have followed his example. Not only did the Law need to be restored, but so did the correct spirit of worship and service. One cannot love God without following His commandments; one should not be obedient unless it is from the heart
Ask God to show you all day what idols remain in your life. Ask Him to make you spiritually sensitive to His response.
Let our prayer be for reality and depth. “O Lord, give me life, and give it more abundantly! Humble me in the knowledge of my sin. Exalt me in the assurance of Your mercy. Make my heart sound in Your statutes. Work in me to will and to do of Your good pleasure. Put Your Spirit within me, and make Your work in me lasting, deep, and true! Empty me of self — and fill me with Your own fullness. Give me patient continuance in well-doing now, and at length the crown of glory that never fades away.”
Satan loves to rob us of our spiritual heritage. If he cannot do so outright, he gladly offers something in exchange — influence, money, popularity, even greater opportunities for service! Let’s be faithful and obedient to the path God has entrusted to us. – E.P. Vedder
Watch with a jealous watchfulness every part of your inward man. Watch, and be on your guard. Watch over your Bible reading, your praying, your temper and your tongue, your family life and your Sunday religion. There is nothing so good and spiritual that we may not fall into formal habits with it. There is none so spiritual but that, he may have a heavy fall. Watch, therefore, and be on your guard.