April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

1 KINGS 12-14

Focus Verse: Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and lived there. And he went out from there and built Penuel. Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.” So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
1 Kings 12:25-28


Jeroboam cared more about what the people though than what God thought. This is even a step further than not caring about what God though, this is a deliberate leading of God’s people into sin in order to keep them loyal to him. I’ll give Jeroboam the benefit of the doubt and say that he forgot that this was a sin in the eyes of the Lord…but let’s be honest, he most likely knew full well.


Have we ever found ourselves in Jeroboam’s shoes? Now I know that all of us have found ourselves in this position of having to choose between honor with God and honor with the world. That’s an extremely common place to be. But even more common, whether we want to admit it or not, is choosing to sin against God because it’s the comfortable decision to make. We ‘deserve’ it. God would want me to be happy. So we throw aside what we know is right, and trade it in for that which is comfortable.


It’s so difficult for us to see how someone could lead an entire nation to bow down and worship two golden calves as their god. I mean, they knew the person who made those calves. There’s no way they are gods!


Yet we bow our hearts daily to things that don’t belong in the same room as God. Drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, food…whatever takes the place of most importance in our lives, whatever we turn to when things get hard. It’s so easy to point at the Israelites and think, “how could they continue to be so stupid?” But if we turn that lens back on ourselves, I think we’d be pretty surprised at what we find.


So ask God to turn that lens on you. Don’t wait! Do it right now. You might not like what you see at first, but I promise you that it will lead to shaping you into the image of Jesus Christ, and that’s the kind of image you want to be.

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