“And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.” 1 Kings 15:9, 11, 33-34 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.15.9-34.kjv
Are you a reference point for Good or for evil? The Bible reading today shows the two distinct extremes. David was identified as being good in that he obeyed the instructions of God fully except of course as noted in the chapter in the case of Urriah and even then he sought God for mercy. However, also noted in this chapter is how Jeroboam sinned against God and also making Isreal to sin thereby provoking God. The difference? Absolute trust and obedience to God’s instruction. The Bible tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and to acknowledge him in all our ways. David had a habit of always seeking God for direction. Even when the scenarios seem identical to one in which he already got an instruction. He knew the ways of God and walked in it. Jeroboam on the other hand was so confident in his wisdom that he made a decision that would ultimately mark the end of his lineage and become a reference point for a person who angers and displeases God. So the question today is: Are you seeking God always? Or do you feel like you have Him figured out? Are you resorting to self-help? Remember that the Bible warns of a way that seems right to man but the end thereof is destruction. Choose wisely today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your loving kindness and being patient with me. Thank you for prompting me always towards the center of your will. I commit afresh today to a life of ‘knowing’ your ways and ‘following’ your instructions. Please help me God 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾