I have been doing a bit of a challenge with my best friend. I don’t really like to call it a challenge because it’s something I want to continue doing throughout my life. We’ve been holding each other accountable for getting up early, before work, and reading our bibles and praying. So far…it’s been going okay. Sometimes I feel so convicted when it’s hard for me to get up early and spend time with God. Then I’ll turn around and hop out the bed for work because I don’t want to be late. Why should I be okay with being late for an appointment with God? It’s so sad. I’m truly working on it everyday. I ask God to give me the desire to read his word. To help me to wake up excited for what I’ll learn in his word. It’s been getting better. Keep praying for me.
I said all that to say, for the past almost two weeks I’ve been studying the book the Kings (1 Kings to be exact). It’s a cool book. I’m enjoying learning about all the kings of Israel and how their reigns or tenures went. It’s eye-opening. I guess God is teaching me about leadership. Any who, one morning I was reading about King Rehoboam, who happens to have been King Solomon’s son. Now long story short King Rehoboam had a decision to make. I want to give all the background details because it’s so good, but I’ll keep it short for now. A man name Jeroboam, who was charge of all the forced labor, came to the king asking him for mercy, because King Solomon had about wore them out with all the buildings he ordered them to build. “Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.” 1 Kings 12:4. The king told them to give him 3 days to think about it. This is the part that got me. Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?” The older counselors replied, “If you are willing to be a servant to these people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.”1 Kings 12:6-7. Rehoboam went and asked the elder’s what they thought about the situation. They gave him some solid advice, but he rejected it. He then went and asked his friends (who were also his servants) what they thought, and the advice they gave was terrible! “The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’”1 Kings 12:10-11. Jeroboam came back in 3 days for his answer and the king said exactly what his friends told him to say. It got me to thinking. Not once did he consult God. Not once did he ask God, “What do you think about this?” Do we? Do we consult God first or our friends and family?
Understand, I’m not saying that some people’s advice isn’t awesome. We see in this story Rehoboam received awesome advice from the elders. I just don’t want us to forget God and X him out of the equation. He is the author and the finisher of our fate. Don’t you think he knows better than anyone? Although God had a bigger plan for Jeroboam’s life, and used the king’s response to bring Jeroboam to his destiny, how could this have been different if the king consulted God’s advice? No matter how much power or status we obtain we must never forget the guidance of God. He knows better than anyone! The elders tried to help him. His friends were thinking about themselves! They wanted him to stay in power so that they could continue to reap a blessing! But God has one overarching motive! That’s to get the glory through your life. Seek his voice. Seek his counsel. He wants to help us. We just have to humble ourselves, ask, be still and wait on his response. He may use his people to help you, but relying on another human is not the brightest idea. If we counsel with God, and stay open there no limit to how he can and will answer us! Amen? The bible says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, (that means FIRST), and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
I love y’all! Be blessed!
❤ Annette D.