Jehoshaphat visits his kingdom.
- Whenever we return in peace to our houses, we ought to
acknowledge God's providence in preserving our going out and
coming in. And if we have been kept through more than common
dangers, we are, in a special manner, bound to be thankful.
Distinguishing mercies lay us under strong obligations. The
prophet tells Jehoshaphat he had done very ill in joining Ahab.
He took the reproof well. See the effect the reproof had upon
him. He strictly searched his own kingdom. By what the prophet
said, Jehoshaphat perceived that his former attempts for
reformation were well-pleasing to God; therefore he did what was
then left undone. It is good when commendations quicken us to
our duty. There are diversities of gifts and operations, but all
from the same Spirit, and for the public good; and as every one
has received the gift, so let him minister the same. Blessed be
God for magistrates and ministers, scribes and statesmen, men of
books, and men of business. Observe the charge the king gave.
They must do all in the fear of the Lord, with a perfect,
upright heart. And they must make it their constant care to
prevent sin, as an offence to God, and what would bring wrath on