Be Careful What You Wish For…You Might Just Get It
Bible Character: Amaziah
Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, King of Israel, with the challenge: “Come, meet me face to face.” 2 Kings 14:8 NIV
Amaziah, King of Judah, wanted to kill Jehoash…that’s really what the message was about. He had desires that he did not fully comprehend.
Watch for Warning Signs
Amaziah should have heeded the warning signs that his desires for a “face to face” encounter with Jehoash might not be the best idea. In verse 10 of 2 Kings 14 Jehoash warns him, you have indeed defeated Edom and now you are arrogant. Glory in your victory, but stay home! Why ask for trouble and cause your own downfall and that of Judah also?
Leaders, for various reasons, sometimes seem to miss the warning signs. Their desire to excel in certain areas overshadows the signals that they should be noticing. For example, a Church leader may be driven to increase attendance at their Church while at the same time overlooking signs that the spiritual life of the congregation needs more attention. Pushing the Church in the wrong direction can have detrimental effects.
Results are not Always Good
Finally getting his wish, Amaziah met Jehoash face to face during a battle at Beth Shemesh, he was captured and his army from Judah was destroyed. It was not the result he was planning or wishing for. Sometimes that happens to us too.
Leaders are in “charge”, which means they are responsible for not just themselves…but all involved. The consequences for having the wrong wishes and desires can be devastating for not only the leader, but those they lead. In the case of Amaziah, all of Judah paid for his harmful desires.