Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 12:1-15
While we learned last time 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 older 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.
Take Time to Pray
The King gave himself 3 days to decide an answer. We have recorded that he met with the seasoned older counselors and met with the youthful zealous counselors.
Never do we read of Rehoboam, this King from the bloodline of David, stopping to seek God’s wisdom. Take time to pray.
Know how to handle a difficult situation. Be nice while doing so. Take time to pray during this process. v.15 gives some insight to God’s providence in this story. While Rehoboam made some poor decisions, God’s will was for things to end up as they did. James Lowell Russell speaks well of these sort of situations in his poem, “The Present Crises.”
Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and,
behind the deep unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
keeping watch above his own.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082