PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jun
12

Donít Forget to Seek God

John Tilton

Scripture

1 Kings 12:1-16

Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt. So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.” Rehoboam answered, “Go away for three days and then come back to me.” So the people went away. Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked. They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” The young men who had grown up with him replied, “These people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’” Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.” 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.” So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the Lord, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite. When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king:

“What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son?
To your tents, Israel! Look after your own house, David!” So the Israelites went home.

Observation

Rehoboam went through the effort of conferring and seeking counsel with the elders as well as his peers, getting faulty advise from his peers and therefore having to deal with the consequences of a bad decision. What was interesting is that when presented with two views of direction, he took the one that appeared would result in conflict as it was intentionally oppressing.

Application

What is so clear is that he did not seek the Lord at any time. The appointment to power with the lack of God’s divine guidance equals conflict and ruin. The whole situation reeks of power going to one’s head because one did not earn the position but inherited it. It often seems that lack of earning something results in a diminished sense of value.

Prayer

Dear Lord, may my appointment of position and work being a blessed opportunity by you always be stewarded with gratitude and grace. May I always seek you for direction and decisions, with faith in your hand upon my life, work and ministry.


Devotions for June 12

1 Kings 12
2 Chronicles 10,11
Philippians 2

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