2 Chronicles 27:2
“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.”
“Howbeit” is the biggest word in this verse and in the life of Jotham. Jotham did everything right, but he wouldn’t enter into the temple. Why is it that he wouldn’t enter into the temple? When you go back to 2 Chronicles 26, you see that the sin of his father Uzziah was that he entered the temple to burn incense on the altar of incense. Uzziah was doing something that only the priests were supposed to do. When Azariah the chief priest withstood Uzziah, he became angry at the priests. God responded to his anger and struck him with leprosy, which he had until the day of his death.
The “howbeit” in the verse above is the bitterness that Jotham had towards God for striking his father with leprosy. Jotham’s bitterness led to the “howbeit” in his life. There is no doubt in my mind that Jotham didn’t agree with God’s handling of his father’s matter, and he would not enter the temple because of it. His “howbeit” was his way of proving to God that he didn’t agree with how God handled his father.
The problem with Jotham’s “howbeit” was that his children never went to church. His “howbeit” led to his children never learning the truths of God, which resulted in his children growing up in a godless atmosphere. This is seen when Jotham’s son took over the throne and didn’t do right in the sight of the LORD. Jotham may have proved his point to God about his disagreement with Him at the expense of his children.
Let me ask you; what is your “howbeit?” What matter is it that you disagree with God’s handling of it? What is it that you think God should have done differently so that it would fit into the box of your life’s plan? Many believers have grown bitter at God for His handling of something in their life. Let me share with you a couple of thoughts that will help you to avoid having a “howbeit” in your life.
First, don’t blame God for the consequences of your parent’s sins. Sadly, most children are the recipients of sin’s consequences. You must be careful that you don’t blame God for what your parents did. God didn’t make your parents do wrong; they chose to do wrong. If you want to get angry at something, you need to get angry at the sin that broke their lives. Sin’s consequences always robs the next generation of right’s blessings. Sin has consequences, and you may just be in the pathway of those consequences. Don’t add a “howbeit” in your life because you had to suffer the consequences of your parent’s sins.
Second, don’t add a “howbeit” to your life to prove your point to God. Your “howbeit” will become the excuse for your children to live a life of sin. Your “howbeit” will keep your children from seeing how to live for God. Whatever your “howbeit” is, let me encourage you to get rid of it so that your children get a clear picture of how they are to serve God.
Third, don’t get angry at God for His handling of your life. You may not agree with what you had to go through, but you must understand that God allowed you to go through whatever you are facing because He wants you to be a help to others. You need to accept God’s plan for your life and realize you can be a greater blessing to others if you don’t add a “howbeit.”