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28 So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. 29 However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan. 30 The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 31 Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit. 2 Kings 10:28-31

Jehu was the tenth king of Israel's Northern Kingdom. His leadership was characterized by the courageous reform he enacted among the people. Previous leadership had led the people down a path away from God. Seeing the opportunity, Jehu steps out to what is right at significant risk to himself and the others who followed him. God rewarded him for accomplishing what was right. But Jehu was a man who was not immune to the pitfalls of leadership. He experienced success, but he also let up and was not careful to follow God with all his heart.

Jehu is an excellent example of a man who is headed in the right direction. He had the things of God in mind as he burst onto the scene as a leader. But Jehu took his foot off the gas and did not carefully apply his whole heart to the task of following God. Learn from his example and courageously do what is right, but also be careful not to let up. Make it a priority to get in the game and stay there. Plan to persevere as you follow God.

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