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Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 1:28-53
When we last left the Story: Adonijah had made a play for David’s throne, Nathan and Bathsheba had formed a plan to do something about it and ensure Solomon became king, now we finish up the story seeing David, Solomon, and Adonijah’s actions as things pan out. David keeps his word and makes Solomon the King. To thwart Adonijah’s plans David sends Solomon riding in on the King’s mule and has him sit upon the throne. Adonijah hears of this and flees fearing for his life. Solomon spares his life with the stipulation that he stay out of trouble.
Never let Power go to your Head, v.41-53.
Solomon is the King and Adonijah had tried to keep him from it. (See verse 52) It would have been acceptable (maybe even expected) for Solomon to take Adonijah out, but Solomon showed grace and didn’t. There will come a time in your life when you will have a place of power. Please don’t let that power go to your head. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lack of accountability is the easiest way for power to corrupt. Your spouse should have access and information about every little detail of your life. This information should be offered without the other party feeling guilt for wanting to know. (i.e. Computer use, phone calls, money spent, etc…) With great power comes great responsibility. Solomon was King enough to have the power take care of Adonijah. Solomon was King enough to realize the end result of his actions in dealing with Adonijah. Have you ever heard the saying, “Just because you can doesn’t mean that you should?” The Bible teaches that as we prove ourselves in small things, God begins to use us in larger things. As you grow in your Christian life, don’t let the power go to your head. Just because you can, don’t!
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