A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
When Solomon dies, his son, Rehoboam
, is unable to generate the same enthusiastic response his father enjoyed. He has a great opportunity to encourage gratitude and loyalty by listening to the concerns and caring about the needs of his people. But Rehoboam is so preoccupied with his own desires
and pride of position that he makes things worse instead of better: the 10 northern tribes completely desert Rehoboam at this point and put their lot in with his rival, Jeroboam.
It is fascinating that the Chronicler makes no effort to present the history of the northern tribes. His history shows us the dynasty of Judah,
nothing more, and we are only introduced to the kings of Israel as they become actors in the story of Judah and it=s kings.
The kingdom of Solomon is divided to avoid civil war
, and Rehoboam fortifies his country, marries and begins raising a family, and then moves away from the loyalty to God which is the only condition of His covenant with Israel. As a result, God allows the king of Egypt to attack Judah and exact a significant amount of tribute. After Rehoboam humbles himself, God decides not to destroy his kingdom totally
, but the son of Solomon never becomes faithful to God, and his kingdom is weak and uncertain throughout his 17-year rule.
Do you listen to the right advisors?
Lots of people offer ideas and theories about how we should live; not all of them work, however. Rehoboam only listened to people who told him what he wanted to hear. Do you ever do that?
Who do you know who would feel free and have the wisdom to warn you
if you were about to make a major mistake? Make sure there is someone like that in your life. If there is not, you might want to become involved with some sort of group in your church where you could perhaps find someone to be a spiritual counselor. Pray, and ask God to show you such a person if He has not already.
Have you dedicated your life and all you have to God?
Is there anything in your life which separates you from Him? God blesses us when we fail or express our imperfections, but He does not bless us when we put other things ahead of His will. Ask God today to reveal to you anything which stands between you. Then go to work getting rid of it.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011