April 28th, 2019
No Mourning for Jehoram
2 Chronicles 21:19 (KJB) And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.
We know that Jehoram lived a life that was not pleasing to God through what was recorded of him in God’s Word.
God smote Jehoram with an incurable disease. The Bible is not clear as to what exact illness befell him. Some think he had some sort of ulcers in his bowel or an ancient form of chronic bowel disease. Whatever it was we can certainly agree that whatever he was suffering from ended his life in a most miserable fashion.
Some might make the claim that because of his ungodly lifestyle God struck him ill. While this could be the truth, we also must be careful in proclaiming that we know how God has worked or is working in the heart and life of another individual. We can learn this valuable lesson from the suffering of Job and the uncompassionate air which permeated his friends and in the life of Jehoram.
The Bible does not give us much information regarding Jehoram or why he fell ill. Suffice it to say that it is possible for God can and has chosen in times past to make life miserable through the infliction of intense physical suffering and/or illness or disease in hopes that an inflicted person will come to the end of himself and look unto God for relief through the eyes of faith.
The best prescription for living a healthy and happy life is to have your spiritual life in order and in agreement with God for He promises His own they will live forever despite any and every circumstance they may face on this earth. Knowing this does not mean that a person who places faith in God will be happy and physically happy, or not ever be struck with a dreadful illness or incurable condition. Though we do know a man can be struck with a chronic health situation or life-ending illness because of sin at work in his life if God so chooses. We also know that God is both the beginning and end of physical life (Revelation 1:18). He chooses to begin, and end life as pleases Him and to advances His will in this world and to extend spiritual life to His own, to last forever.
The saddest part recorded about the life of Jehoram is that nobody mourned for him. He was alone and faced suffering without kindred fellowship with God or encouragement and support of mankind on this earth. Not only that but he will suffer forever in eternity.