Tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine
There is much to learn from Joash’s character; but one particular thing emerges from his reign: it is his radical change of attitude after the death of Jehoiada. There is a lot to think about in this. A very interesting question is to try to understand how he came to listen to the princes of Judah who seemed inclined towards evil.
One thing is certain, Joash, though educated for years by Jehoiada, seems to have never grown in strength spiritually. It reminds us that the Lord gave gifts to his assembly precisely so that “we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, at the full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ; in order that we may be no longer babes, tossed and carried about by every wind of that teaching which is in the sleight of men” (Ephesians 4:13 -14).
Unfortunately Joash was well misled by these princes of Judah, and the consequences were disastrous for him. May the Lord give us to grow in Him, as full-grown man, not to be deceived by men, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, but attached to the Lord Jesus!
This video about Joash presents three practical lessons for us. May the Lord encourage us all to follow Him faithfully.