Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu
20 Jul 2018
Capsule for the Day
Don't live a lie
Jehoshaphat isn't a common name. But it is a name worth knowing. In Hebrew, Jehoshaphat means "the Lord has judged". The Lord has judged him to be upright. He reigned in Judah at the time King Ahab was ruling Israel. Ahab was ungodly. He tried to lure Jehoshaphat to follow his ways. But Jehoshaphat refused (2 Chronicles 18).
Although in v. 3 we see Ahab-Jehoshaphat alliance, Jehoshaphat was able to differentiate his friendship with Ahab from his friendship with God. He didn't allow his friendship with Ahab to prevent him from seeking the Lord. He was courageous in telling Ahab, "First, consult the word of the Lord" (v. 4). He insisted, Ahab listened and obeyed.
There is no doubt it is tough to seek the Lord when our friends or relatives aren't "into God". The temptation is to shy away, to practise our faith privately. But Jehoshaphat has shown us "we don't need to give in to that temptation". For we will be living a lie when we do. Thus, we have to seek the Lord and stand for Him. That is what the upright do.
Fr. Francis Afu