Not all the people in Athaliah’s family were evil. Jehoram’s daughter, Jehosheba, was married to Jehoiada, the priest. Jehosheba did not want Athaliah to kill all the king’s children. So Jehosheba took the king’s baby son, Joash, and hid him. She took Joash to the temple and Jehoiada took care of him.
Jehosheba and Jehoiada probably thought that if Athaliah knew what they were doing, she would kill them. But they also knew God had promised to let someone from David’s family be the king of Judah. Joash was in David’s family line. So, when Jehosheba and Jehoiada protected Joash, they were doing what God wanted. They were willing to risk their lives to do the right thing.
Even when it seems like evil people are in control, God helps us do what is right. We must be willing to obey God even if it means we might be hurt or even die. But we can be strong. Why? Because we know God is faithful to those people who love Him.