Jehoash may have been battle-savvy, but that didn’t make him a good guy. Despite all his military accomplishments, the Bible describes him as “doing evil in the sight of the Lord” (2Ki. 13:11).
Jehoash (“Yahweh Has Given”) was the son of Jehoahaz, who had been dominated throughout his reign by the Arameans – and who had left the army in shambles by the end of his reign (2Ki. 13:1-7).
Jehoash was king of Israel for 16 years and led the Israelites through some decisive battles.
Because of God’s love for His people, though, He empowered Jehoash to defeat the Arameans 3 times in battle and recover towns lost by his father. These victories were prophesied by Elisha, who was on his deathbed when Jehoash appealed to him for help (2Ki. 13:14-19).
Jehoash also defeated King Amaziah of Judah at the town of Beth Shemesh and proceeded to Jerusalem to break down the wall of Jerusalem, ransack the temple and the palace, and take hostages to Samaria.
After Jehoash died, his son Jeroboam became king, and he, too, was very successful in battle (though, also, “evil in the eyes of the Lord”), recovering much of the land that had once been ruled by King David (2Ki. 14:24,28).
It is easy to trick ourselves into thinking that being successful in one area of life means God approves of other areas of our lives. But, financial success, for example, sometimes comes at the expense of of family success. And hidden bitterness toward one person is not smoothed over by being loving toward other people.
Make sure to commit EVERY area of your life to God… and seek to please Him in ALL things.
You can read the story of Jehoash in 2Kings 12-14.