Today’s Tasting: 2 Chronicles 10-12 (NLT)
2 Chronicles 10: Rehoboam, King Solomon’s son, was getting ready to be king after his father’s death. Jeroboam and all of Israel went to him to plea for their work load to be lightened from his father. He told them to give him three days and then he would answer them. He asked the older, wiser men who had counseled his father, their opinion. They told him to have compassion and the people will obey him but Rehoboam rejected their advice. He asked the younger men with whom he grew up with and they said to increase the work load. He followed their advice and caused the people to rebel against the lineage of David. He had to flee to Jerusalem after one of his men was killed.
2 Chronicles 11: King Rehoboam made a decision to go to war against Israel but God sent a warning against it, telling them not to fight their brothers, and they did not got to war. Jeroboam had removed the Levites from their priesthood and ordained his own priests along with idol gods. The people who wanted to serve God followed the priests to Judah and Jerusalem. They strengthened Judah by following after their ancestor David.
2 Chronicles 12: King Rehoboam had strengthened his kingdom and abandoned the ways of the Lord because of it. God allowed Egypt to invade them. They realized that they were wrong and deserved God’s punishment. God saw their change of heart and didn’t destroy them completely. He did however, allow them to be subjects under Egyptian rule to show them the difference between serving Him and human kings. King Rehoboam reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem.
Today’s Nourishment: These passages of scriptures remind us what can happen when we knowingly disobey God. It’s different if you have never been taught the right way to do things; however, once we have been exposed to the truth, God holds us accountable. As leaders we have to be certain that we are following after God, because the lives of others are affected by our actions. We have to remember that we can do nothing by ourselves but it is God who enables us to do everything that is good. We must step back and take a self-examination to see if we are leading according to God’s way or our way. There is still time for a turnaround!
Father, I thank You for the gift of leadership. Help me to lead Your people according to Your will, Your word, and Your way. I submit my leadership role to You and ask that Your Holy Spirit lead and guide me. I lean not to my own understanding but in all my ways I acknowledge You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Have you ever lead someone, or a group of people, in the wrong direction? Have you ever been led by someone else in the wrong direction? Share with us your experiences.
Tomorrows Reading: 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13-16