Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 11:14-24
Solomon lived a full, rich life. He had accomplished much, but in the end he failed to keep his relationship with God. Because of this God would bring his reign to an end.
In 1 Kings 5:4 we read of Solomon telling Hiram that he has peace on every side: “But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.” Now that he has failed to keep God’s covenant and statutes God will send adversaries against him. Hadad (v.14) and Rezon (v.23) would be these adversaries. His kingdom would go from a golden age of peace and prosperity to a time full of constant bickering at the hand of God from these adversaries.
Small Things Today Become Huge Things Later
In this text, we are given the information that helps us understand Hadad’s hatred toward Israel. As a child Hadad had experienced King David’s wrath upon his home, Edom (killed every male v.15). Hadad fled for safety to Egypt.
To David, this was a minor thing, in a third rate country that no one knew or cared about. However, years after his death his son Solomon is having to deal with it. The situation with Rezon is similar.
We cannot see the eventual outcome of our actions. We must pray for God’s direction, even in the small things. We must constantly follow His will. What may seem small today, could be a huge issue later.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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Kingston Springs, TN 37082