“What!” exclaimed the king ofIsrael. “Has the LORD called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands ofMoab?”
But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?”
An officer of the king of Israelanswered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.[b]”
Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the LORD is with him.” So the king ofIsraeland Jehoshaphat and the king ofEdomwent down to him. – 2 Kings 3:10-12
Elisha was requested by kings because of who he hung out with, not because of anything he had done. While God had worked through him a few times up to this point, he had not built up a very big resume yet. Jehoshaphat jumped (pun intended) at the chance to hear from the man who had attended the prophet Elijah. It is good to have a good name behind you.
So what kind of name are we making for our children? What do people think when they hear who our child’s parents are? Are we living in such a way that people will have a good opinion of our children because they know us? The mistake for us is to try and make a reputation for our children with the world’s rules. Our world is about status and clout and manipulation, but all of those will inevitably bring ill-repute. We need to trust God to decide what ours and our children’s reputations will be.
If we want our children to be thought well of, we need to live lives in obedience to God and teach them to do the same. This is why Elijah had his reputation; he lived for God. This is not an easy task in the politics of modern life. We will need to remind ourselves with great frequency that seeking a good opinion from God is far better than seeking a good opinion from men, and that the first often leads to the second, but the second never leads to the first.
Lord, help me live a life beyond reproach. May my life be a positive influence on how others see my children. Remind me to live to please You and not mankind. Amen.