Lessons Form King Jehoshaphat 2


2 Chronicles 17: 3, ‘And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim’.

Have you ever come across Numbers 14: 18? It says, ‘The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation’.

As a Christian, the visitation of your parent’s sins on your life no longer applies. Still learning a lesson from the life of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat’s father was Asa. At the end of his life Asa was not in right standing with God. But what effect did this have on Jehoshaphat’s life? None. If anything, it made God appreciate Jehoshaphat’s service to him all the more. Why?

The answer is in the text above, because he walked in the first ways of his father, David. And, what does the Bible say about David? David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). If God can compare Jehoshaphat to David, he must have been after God’s heart also.

And, herein lies our answer to preventing a visitation of parent’s sins and generational curses. Be a man/woman after God’s heart. Jehoshaphat succeeded his father in ruling over Judah, what you would notice is the clean slate God gave him. He didn’t judge him according to what his father before him had done, but he judged him based on his own acts.

So when your aunty, uncle, mum or dad tells you that a particular disease or event has to happen to you because of something people you never even met did, you now know that that’s a lie from the pit of hell.

When we come into the realization of this fact, the weight of fear that the devil has used to paralyse us for so long will be broken. The rule as it now stands in Ezekiel 18: 20 is, ‘The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them’.

Your righteousness is a credit to your Heavenly account. Walk after God’s heart.


  1. In my opinion, life is like a relay race. Our parents run before us and give us the bartons. Our children run after us after we give them the bartons.
    In a relay race, the speed or probability that an athlete will run fast and catch up some ground, do not depend on the runners before and after her/him. Hence the subtle effects of parents, friends and guides in our lives. We can still excel though. However the starting point for each athlete depends on the predecessor. The people who collect the bartons after us deserve a good starting point time as well.