But the High Places Were Not Taken Away

2 Kings 12: 1-3 – 12 In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him. But the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
When my family was looking for a home years ago, we looked at many, many houses. In fact, we looked at so many, got so discouraged that we stopped looking for a while. Some houses, we could tell right away, were not for us. We didn’t like the way the looked on the outside, the location, etc. Others, however, “tricked” us. We liked what they looked like on the outside, but when we entered into the house, we could tell right away that there were a lot of problems which meant a lot of work. Even though all looked well on the outside, all was not well on the inside.
Today’s scripture reminded me of that process. There are many Christians that appear to do “what was right in the sight of the Lord“, yet “the high places were not taken away“. In other words, all looks well on the outside, but there are still problems on the inside. We spend so much time and effort looking good on the outside, yet not much care is given to what we look on the inside. In the Lord’s eyes, He is concerned about what others can’t see because He can still see it. While we all may look well on the outside, are there high places in our lives that we have not gotten rid of?


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