Bible In One Year-Day 126 (Tuesday, May 06, 2014)
From the reading of 1Kings13-15, we could see that it has always been human beings who disappoints God; God never disappoints. Jeroboam was not worthy of the throne but God gave him an unusual promotion. A servant to Solomon, but was handpicked by His majesty to proof His supremacy to the world;
1 Kings 11:31 “And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:”
If you consider the greatness of Solomon, then you will fear God for what He did for Jeroboam. If a man doesn’t know the value of what he has, he will abuse it. Jeroboam enjoyed both physical and spiritual security, 1Kings12:22-24. Unfortunately, he never realized God’s grace in his life, for the fear of losing the throne back to Solomon, he decided to scheme. He built an image to represent the God that brought them out of Egypt and gave priestly positions to those not of the lineage of Levi, 1Kings12:28-33. Before one of the altars, was where his hand withered in chapter13. Though he received mercy and got his hand restored, he never learnt his lessons. Rather he became a ‘Bishop’ and ordained political priests; 1 Kings 13:33-34 “After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would (or wished), he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.” By prophecy, Jeroboam was raised to be king over Ten tribes of Israel, by prophecy he was deposed and his entire family terminated from the surface of the earth; 1 Kings 15:29-30 “And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite:Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.”
Beloved, let us be very careful in the manner in which we manage God’s grace. Grace is the endowment and investment of heavenly nature by the Holy Spirit in us. We should manage it humbly. Carelessness in its management can ruin an entire generation. God’s promises are ye and amen; he never disappoints us. If we live in the fear of God, His is able to see us through. Grace should not be used to serve the flesh. Jeroboam, because of the dictates of the flesh, wanted to pervert justice; he wanted to change God’s rules. Grace isn’t a liberty to change God’s ordination, Romans 6:15 “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” In any capacity we find ourselves, let us be careful and serve with the fear of God. The punishment a person receives if after enjoying grace, he falls back is greater. On the last day we shall give account of our servitude to authority and over subjects. The privilege given by God should not be for the comfort of the Mr. Flesh. To attain the position of greatness is not as difficult as retaining and maintaining it. It is easier to fall than to rise. When one writes, he makes mistakes that are difficult for him to pick, but the reader easily picks the mistakes. The devil reads us and picks mistakes to condemn us, but God reads us and picks mistakes to correct. Jeroboam was once corrected by the altar where his hand withered but never changed. Jeroboam was better as Solomon’s servant than when he fell, because the Bible says he was a mighty man of valor, 1Kings11:28, he was a labor Minister to King Solomon. A man is absolutely nothing and empty if God withdraws His grace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, AMEN. Reading for today is 1Kings16-18. Happy New month and keep the fire burning and alive.
Hebrews 6:4-8 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh to cursing; whose end is to be burned.”