2 KINGS 10:18-36
Yield [yeeld]: to give up, as to a superior power or authority.
The ones that have been yielded in the Bible and in Christian history are the ones that experience the fullness of what God has for them. As the definition in the above states, to yield is to be a person that surrenders to an authority and for the christian, is is our willingness to surrender to God as LORD.
Being full of talent and charisma definitely helps but the key ingredient of those who see the glory of God daily and are used to build His kingdom are those that are willing to say yes to the LORD and His direction. We sing songs that proclaim that the promises of God are “yes and amen,” but the flipside is also true in terms of our obedience to God. As much as we proclaim the promises of God we need to remind ourselves of our commitment to Him.
In today’s passage, King Jehu is finishing up the cleansing of Israel from the former corrupt leadership and Baal worship. Jehu stops at nothing to get rid of the corruption and makes sure that every last bit of Baal worship is eradicated from Israel so that they can finally be separated from the sin that has been hindering their walk with God. Yet what was interesting is that though Jehu fully got rid of the sin of Baal, he did not get rid of the sin of the golden calves that Jeroboam constructed.
It states that, “But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin-that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan.”
Jehu fully committed to ridding the Baal but not the calves. When we look into our lives, to truly be yielded to the LORD is to truly get rid of all the idols/sins in our lives. Think of your heart as a multi-roomed mansion. Every room, is a particular part of your life that will either have God at the center of it or some idol. For instance, in one room we may have our school life that may or may not have God in the middle of it. In one room it is our friendships. There also may be a room for romantic relationship and yet another room that has our future plans. Whatever the case may be, we have many rooms that have the potential of placing God as the ruler and shaper of what it will look like. A lot of times we can give God control of our friendships but not our future. Sometimes we can give God control of our future but not our romantic relationships. Whatever the case, like Jehu, we may get rid of idols in one part of our lives but not the rest and if we want to see the glory of God fully in our lives, we must commit to the process of seeing God in control over every square inch of our hearts!
Jehu followed God to a certain point and this was the result of that partial obedience,
“Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”
God honored the actions of Jehu because he carried out His will but the blessing of ruling as king will only extend to the fourth generation, in other words, the blessing had a cap. The degree to our experience of God’s full plan and blessing in our lives will be determined by our obedience. This is different than God’s love and salvation for the believer because you have that but what we are talking about is the intimacy, connection, and full awareness of God’s blessings upon us that will be determined by our actions. It’s as if we settle for a “D” grade life rather than an “A.” A lot of us are barely passing by with somewhat of a good life that God has for us while others are experiencing more because they chose to live for the “A” life with the LORD.
Today, let us get rid of ALL the blocks that hinder us from living out God’s perfect will for us.