To No One’s Regret

Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

2 Chronicles 21:20

There are verses in the Bible that give me chills. This is one of them. When I read it a few days ago, a number of thoughts flashed through my mind. I thought about my dad’s sudden death at the age of 49 and how it shook everything around us as a family and a community. Then I thought about my life and how I have lived it to this point.

If the good Lord calls me home to heaven just now, will I go to no one’s regret?

For those who are familiar with the kings that ruled Israel and Judah, King Jehoram was the son of King Jehosaphat, one of Judah’s greatest kings. It is sad to think how Jehoram, who lived through his father’s reign, ignored all the examples and experiences of his father, only to end up as one of the worst kings Judah ever had and died to no one’s regret.

To those of us who have chosen to live for Jesus, our lives cannot end to no one’s regret, but our everyday choices in this journey will determine the beauty of the house we’re building on that foundation.

The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. Proverbs 10:7



25 thoughts on “To No One’s Regret

  1. I think all the work we do in Jesus’ name will live on, and we will not go unnoticed to those around us. So often I feel the veriest speck, a pinpoint in time. Who am I? (Didn’t David feel that way? Ps 8.4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?)
    And it’s okay that we feel that way, as long as we don’t let it interrupt or sway our obedience to God.
    And just to say it out loud, so to speak, I will miss you terribly if you go before I do; and will immensely look forward to seeing you in eternity. You make a difference, to God’s glory.

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    1. You’ve made me smile, dearest Kathy. The love of Jesus is so pure, it brings together people of different backgrounds and locations and ties our hearts with such a bond, as the one I share with you. He will surely bless all our labour of love in His name. Amen.

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  2. I think we are in a similar place with our Bible reading plans. I had missed that comment about “to no one’s regret,” though — what a terrible way to be commemorated in the canon of Scripture! 😮 And yes, as others have said, this is a very important reminder for us all.

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  3. I have had people in my life who lived their lives mostly selfishly, thinking mainly of themselves, who refused God time and time again, who sought after the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life rather than to thirst after God and his Word.

    Two of them died and left this world with barely anyone to even acknowledge their passing or to even say they would be missed. Yes, they did that to themselves, but still it was very sad. It broke my heart. It hurt my heart that they kept refusing God and that they lived for their own selfish desires, because I could see what they were doing to themselves, and what they were doing to others, too, and how very sad and empty their lives were.

    So, I want to tell people that there is a better way, a better life than that. We can live for God and for his purposes, and we can find joy, peace and fulfillment in him and in his Word. And, we can be delivered out of our selfish lives and be given new lives with purpose, direction, love, and compassion, which will bear fruit for God’s eternal kingdom and which will make a difference in this world of ours and in people’s lives, and so when we leave this earth we will have no regrets, and we will know that we lived for God with purpose and that other people’s lives have been blessed and changed because we followed our Lord, and we did what he said, and so we did make a difference.

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  4. My goodness what a message Sis! I don’t even know how I missed this one when it rolled of the press of heaven, but I got it now….I believe the following passage helps to drive your message home, and it helps us to see “one” of the many purposes that the Word of the Lord serves in our lives, reminding us that “our everyday choices in this journey will determine the beauty of the house we’re building on that foundation.

    “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

    6 NOW THESE THINGS BECAME OUR EXAMPLES, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

    12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it….1 Corinthians 10:1-13

    Have Your way in our lives Lord!!

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  5. Well said, and oh, what a thought! May our lives continue to touch and be an encouragement to one another. May we live for JESUS and love others just as HE did. Hope you are well and loved the picture on this post!!

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