2 Chronicles 12:1-2–When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. 2) In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.
My bible commentary says the following:
A pattern that emerges among Israel’s kings, typified by both Solomon and his son Rehoboam, is that once established and strong they begin to forsake the Lord, abandon his law, and worship other gods. These men had political power, fame, wealth, wives, children, and all of the other trappings associated with success, all stemming from the gracious provision of the Lord. If any group of people ever had the resources and privileges necessary to trust in the Lord, it was these kings of Israel. Their failures show us the inability of external resources as a means for producing true and genuine change in the human heart.
When King Jesus arrived, he did not come with political power, wealth, wives or heirs. Rather, he came as the impoverished King, but the King who could actually–through his scandalous grace–change our hearts. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul”? (Mark 8:36) The wealth of human kings impoverish the people, but the poverty of our heavenly King has made us rich beyond calculation.
2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
It is so easy to get sidetracked each day, from what is truly important and unfortunately we get so wrapped up in things, we don’t realize it. With every step I take and every word I say, I want to always be instep with our Lord, I know I can’t do it all the time, but I want to always try as hard as I can, to do it. By re-reading about the kings of long ago and how many started off instep and then strayed away, it helps me to be able to look at myself daily and see, who I am actually instep with, the kings or The TRUE KING!
Please share any thoughts, verses or special songs that may be on your mind today.
I wish everyone a very blessed Monday.