Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Kings 14

Well this is frustrating! I wrote a long entry about I Kings 14 and hit publish and it's gone! Where did it go? How do I recreate it? Don't think this will be as good, but here goes.
One thing has always bothered me. Jeroboam's son was sick. He wants to know if the child is going to die or not so he sends his wife to Ahijah to find out. He trusts that Ahijah will know
what's going to happen to his child, so why would he send his wife there in disguise?! What could that possibly do?! Have never understood Jeroboam anyway. God Himself made Jeroboam king over 10 tribes
yet right from the start Jeroboam never trusted God. He didn't trust God that He would be there with him to help rule these tribes and keep the tribes faithful to him. He felt the need to take things into his own hands.
He turned the people from worshipping the true God, to worshipping idols! Yet as I think about this I'm convicted because I do the same thing every day of my life. I trust the Lord for the salvation of my very soul
yet don't think He's capable of taking care of the daily things I face in life. I think I have to control them and deal with them on my own. How stupid is that?! The very God who is continually working to keep me in the faith
IS working out all the minute details of my life ever day! Hasn't He promised that in Romans 8:28? So I stand convicted.
Something new hit me as I read about the impending death of Jeroboam's son. Ahijah was going into great detail about the punishment God was about to inflict on Jeroboam's family for their total unbelief when he says
this about the sick child: (vs 12-13) "Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die. And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall
come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam. " So many times when we see sick children and even adults we want to pray that the Lord
would heal them and let them live out their lives in this world as we think they should. These verses clearly show that there are times when the Lord specifically calls one of His children Home to spare them! Horrible things
were going to happen to Jeroboam's family so the Lord called this child Home before they came to pass. And isn't this a miracle in and of itself?! What kind of home life did this child have? He was raised in the king's
palace where idolatry reigned! It's never said how this child was able to come to faith, but it's clear the child was a believe because the verse says that the Lord found some good thing in him. There is no good at all
in unbelievers. The Lord Himself works any good that is found in Christians. So somehow the Lord worked in this child's life to bring him to faith and then spared him from His wrath to come by calling him Home.
I've read this chapter many times in my life and just glossed over these words. What wisdom could there be in the history in the Old Testament?! Obviously more than I was wanting to find! Lord, open my
heart to your Word! Open my eyes to your Truth!

1 comment:

Charisse said...

Lynn,
this is very interesting and has been something that I have thought about often in the past.....
Thank you for always praying for me.
Love Charisse