Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 12:1-15
While we learned in the previous passage that God would have Jeroboam to become king, Rehoboam is getting set to be king as Jeroboam has been chased to Egypt before Solomon died. While most likely already ruling, Rehoboam would offically become king in Shechem, so all the nation is gathering there. Word gets to Egypt and Jeroboam comes to bring the people’s cause before Rehoboam. They wish to have the taxes lowered and the work lessened. The new King wisely asks for 3 days to make his decision.
During this time he consults with:
- The Old Men who served under his father
- The younger men he has grown up with who now advise him
After 3 days he meets again with the people and tells them he has decided not to lessen their burden.
How to Approach a Difficult Situation
This is the time set for Rehoboam’s coronation. Instead a revolt is pending and he is faced with a major decision. While it is obvious Rehoboam did some things wrong, let’s look at what he did do right.
He gave himself time. (1 Kings 12:5)
Patience is a virtue. So many times we get caught up in thinking we have to decide right now. Many times decisions in our lives develop over lots of time as we discern the information presented to us. “If it is a good deal today…it will be tomorrow…” With any decision give yourself time.
He sought counsel. (1 Kings 12:6a, 1 Kings 12:8b)
Not only did Rehoboam seek counsel, he also sought out wisdom from multiple sources.
- Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: But in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
- Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: And in multitude of counsellers there is safety.
It is important that we seek counsel, especially in a difficult situation. What keeps us from seeking counsel? Pride? Feeling we need to appear to have it figured out or under control. Zeal? So excited that we jump right in without taking the time to get advice.
Seek counsel. You don’t have to use or act upon everything you hear, but it doesn’t hurt to see what others think. Seeking counsel helps with giving yourself time!
He made a decision and stuck with it. (1 Kings 12:12-13a)
Not to say here that we should stick with it even if we know we are wrong. However, when you have given yourself time and sought counsel and feel you are making the right decision….stick with it. Lack of confidence leaves many with right decisions but taking no action. Make a decision and follow through.
Before we build Rehoboam up to high, let’s realize he did some things wrong. We will see this in the next couple of posts on 1 Kings 12.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
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