They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands. 2 Chronicles 12:8
Working under different people can bring about different experiences. Each boss is a little different to a lot different. Often people switch jobs because one boss is difficult to work under. Once they switch, they find out the new boss is even more difficult to work under.
The old saying goes that the grass looks greener on the other side. People think that going to the other side will be better. However, that is not always the case.
Rehoboam had led the nation of Israel against God. God sent a message that they would be overtaken by Shishak. Immediately the king and the nation humbled themselves before God. God chose to not destroy them, but to make them serve the foreign king. He wanted them to learn the difference between serving Him and serving some foreign king.
Following God can cause one to have to make difficult choices at times. It is not always an easy path to follow, because there will also come persecution or ridicule. Although God has many commands, God is also a God of love, grace and mercy.
He works with the believer to help make the believer the best he can be through every situation in life. God is always right along his side to help him walk the path.
The world does not walk alongside of a person. They will support to a point, then leave him to fall or crush him to get on top.
Some believers think that it is better to serve some in this world, rather than trust and serve God in some situations. God will allow that to happen to let them see how their choice is a bad choice to make. They will see how the world will treat them in the end.
Doing this is one of God’s ways to get the believer to focus back on Him and serve Him.
Keep your focus on God and realize what you have in Jesus. You have a God who loves you and only wants what is best for you. The world only wants to destroy you and step on you in the end.
Do not choose to follow the world because it looks better. In the end you will be destroyed. Follow God and have eternal life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will keep your focus upon God; and that you will know the joy of serving God alone.
Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8
Doing something wrong or foolish does happen. People make bad choices at times in their lives. Leaders make mistakes and make bad choices. It is a common thing to occur among all people, everywhere.
When a bad choice is made, most people attempt to ignore the mistake, hoping it will just go away. They do not want to it be made known. If it is found out, often people will attempt to cover it up, excuse it or blame someone else. Very few people want to take the blame for anything they have done wrong.
However, excuses, blame or covering something up does not remove what has occurred. The action is still there and often there are consequences to the action that was done.
David had chosen to count the number of men able to fight in the nation of Israel. This was a census that God had told them to not ever take. It went against God’s commands. Immediately upon his taking that census, God sent a prophet to deal with David. David immediately admitted that he was wrong to God and begged for forgiveness and removal of the sin.
Admitting one was wrong can be difficult. No one likes to be wrong or told they are wrong. Yet, people do make wrong decisions and wrong actions. The first step in clearing up the wrong is admitting what was done. Then making amends to fix the wrong done.
While men may be fooled with excuses and blaming, God sees everything that was done. He cannot be fooled. God is not standing there ready to just strike when one makes a mistake, but is there to help bring change and forgiveness.
There will be times that you will make a choice to sin against God. You will do things that will make God angry. Instead of trying to excuse it away or blame it on someone or something else, admit the wrong. Go before God and seek His mercy and forgiveness.
Jesus came to take away your guilt and sin. His goal is to cleanse you and make you right before God, not to punish you and strike you down. Don’t hide your sin, but admit it and fall into the hands of a merciful, loving God. He is there for you.
I pray today that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that God will help you to make the right choices in life; and that you will live your life serving God.