[CF Devotionals] 2010-11-15 - Paying It Forward, with a Price

2 Kings 1:1-10, 9:1-10, 30-37

Jehu went in and ate and drank. "Take care of that cursed woman," he said, "and bury her, for she was a king's daughter." (2 Kings 9:34)

When Jezebel heard Jehu, the new king, was coming, she painted her eyes and styled her hair. She was like a child, looking out the window in anticipation of Jehu's arrival.

Jezebel was not a nice person. She was mean, selfish, and vindictive. Jezebel had no remorse, not even at the end of her life. She had a tragic and horrible death. When King Jehu told her employees to throw her out the window, they obeyed.

Without a doubt, people were rejoicing that justice was done. There is a minute part that makes me feel sorry for her. Jezebel had so much potential and influence on people that could have been used positively. Instead, Jezebel had little regard for people while she was alive, and - ironically - she received the same treatment in death.

Jehu ordered her be buried, as she was from the royal family, but nothing was left of her after some stray dogs found her body. Jezebel did get her just reward, but I can't help but think how things could have turned out better, if she only had a change of heart.

Lord, Can't people see what their destructive behavior does? When will they wake up? God, save them, and open their eyes. May they want to better themselves. Show them a way out. Bring people into their lives, who will be a Godly influence. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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