2 Chronicles 12:1 Forgetting God

After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 12:1

When Solomon had died, the nation of Israel had started to split up into two kingdoms. Rehoboam had become king of the northern part of Israel, as part of a rebellion against King Jeroboam in Judah. He started out serving God and leading the kingdom in following God. Once he was fully established in his position, he walked away from God and led the people away from God.

Anytime people receive help to get something going, they are excited. They accept that help and realize how they are really making it. This help can be someone who supplies the needed finances to get a business going, or to provide for college, or to start building a house, or one of many other things.

After a time of success, however, many people forget how they had made it. They start to think that they did everything on their own, rather than with help from someone else. Often they start to despise the one who supplied their needs, trying to look strong and powerful.

This type of thinking occurs very often among people who started to serve God. When times were tough and things were looking very bad, many people turn to God and appear to serve Him with all of their heart. Later, when things get going very well, many people forget about God. They feel that they were the ones that made everything happen and put God on a shelf.

Very few people have not been guilty of doing this at some point in their life. People like to be selfish and proud of themselves, not giving God the credit for what He has done in their lives.

Think through about your life. Where has God brought you from or through?

Are you still serving God as you did at the beginning?

Or have you put God on the shelf and abandoned Him?

Keep your focus and trust in God. Do not trust yourself and your own abilities. It is God who can raise you up and it is God who can bring you down. Do not become like Rehoboam and forget about God.

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will not turn away from God; and that you will always give God credit for your blessings in life.

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1 Kings 14:22-23 Stirring Up God’s Anger

Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done. They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 1 Kings 14:22-23

After Solomon had died, the nation of Israel was split into two nations: Israel to the north, and Judah to the south. Rehoboam, one of Solomon’s sons, became king of Judah and led the people into more sin. On top of just committing many sins, they also set up idols everywhere throughout the land. With all of these sins being done, it had stirred up God’s jealous anger, because He was the only true God and the only One to be worshipped.

In various parts of the world physical idols or statues are still worshipped as gods. In more “modern” countries, such as most of Europe and America, the thought of worshipping an idol is a foreign concept. Most people would reject that idol as strange and ridiculous.

Yet, many people throughout Europe and America worship “idols” daily. Their idols are not seen a physical statues that are called ‘gods’. They worship their jobs, houses, cars, hobbies, positions, family, money, status, and the list goes on forever. People focus all their time and attention on these “idols”.

Even some Christians tend to stray into idol worship at times. They idolize certain speakers, or the physical church building, or their position in the church, and many other things in this life.

Regardless of being Christian or not, all idol worship stirs up God’s anger. He is the only one, true God and wants to be seen and worshipped as that.

As a believer you must take a look at where you spend your time and attention. Is it on God and the things He wants…worshipping Him?

Or is it on the physical things of this world?

Do not let your actions stir up the anger of God in your life.  Worship God and God alone.

I pray today that God will reveal any idols in your life; that you will turn from all idol worship to God; that you will worship God alone; and that your actions will please God.

1 Kings 12:13-14 Getting Advice

The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” 1 Kings 12:13-14

Because of Solomon’s following false gods, God was beginning to split the kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam had taken charge as king of the nation and sought out advice on how to rule the people. He first talked to some of the elders and was told to lighten the load on the people. Then he talked with some younger people and was told to make the load even harder on the people. Rehoboam chose to follow the advice of the younger people and made the people work harder. Although Rehoboam had sought advice from both the elders and the younger people, he never sought advice and direction from God.

Seeking advice from other people is nothing new. Everyone has advisors that they go to for different situations in their life or jobs. No one person is an expert in every area of life or a job. A good manager will know where is weak areas are and seek advice in dealing with those areas. A good parent will seek the advice of others in how to work best at raising his children.

As a believer, seeking advice from other people is not completely bad, however, advice should be sought after from God first. Going to God for advice should be the very first thing that a believer does. Who has better wisdom in what to do or not to do than God?

Once a person has sought out God’s advice, he can then go to others. However, the others that he goes to must also be believers in order to get the best possible advice. Those who are not believers will give advice that is contrary to God’s will and ways.

If you need advice, go to God and see what He has to say. As you hear advice from others, line it up against God’s word. Does it line up with what God has said and done in the Bible? Then follow it. If not, then reject that advice.

When you follow God’s advice for your life, you will have God’s favor and hand upon you.

I pray today that you will seek God first for all needed advice; that God will help you know whose advice to follow; that God will give you His direction for your life; and that you will give God’s advice to others as needed.