Righteousness is measured by our actions when no one is looking. Are we the same in private as we are in public? Standards of righteousness were established by God. His standards do not change or are influenced: not by others, not by the culture, not by traditions, and certainly not by ourselves!
King Jehoshaphat was considered a good king, but at the end of his life he made devastating mistakes that cost him his reputation, his work and the lives of his people.
God’s righteousness requires total commitment regardless of political, financial or social pressures. And it begins by turning our hearts to God
2 Chronicles 20: 31-33; 35-37: So Jehoshaphat was king over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in the way of his father Asa, and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.
After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.