Applications from 1 Kings
THE STORY: 1 KINGS 12:16-24
As we left this story last time, Rehoboam had just dealt harshly with the people. We see the people acting upon what is technically the split of the kingdom. To try and smooth this mess over, Rehoboam sends Adoram (his forced labor overseer) to the angry people. They stone him.
Seeing that things are beyond repair Rehoboam heads for safety. Israel to the North makes Jeroboam their king leaving Judah with Rehoboam in the South. Once home, Rehoboam begins to assemble his military to squash the rebellion and take back his kingdom. God sends word through His prophet that they should not fight as this thing is from Him.
Caution: God at Work, 1 Kings 12:20-24
Have you seen those signs that read: Caution, men at work? If someone is important enough to hang a sign like that…I am going to stay out of their way! My man card doesn’t have enough points to mess with men who work…then put up a caution sign about it! But, seriously, this is what is happening here.
Rehoboam tried to talk his way through the situation. He tried sending his man in to fix things. Now, he is going to form an army and oppress the other side into going along.
God hangs a sign. He sends the man of God to tell them, “this thing is from me.” God is essentially saying, Caution…God at work. They know from here on to stay out of the way.
Many times we need to see that sign. Sometimes in life we cannot figure out what the next step should be. We are forced to wait and let God move. When we try to force things we make a mess. We need a Caution, God at work sign.
Have you ever tried to help or fix someone when God was working in their life? Usually all we can do for someone while God is at work is sit back and pray. Getting involved would just cause a mess.
Rehoboam, Jereboam, and all of Israel were facing difficult times. Really this was Solomon’s fault. However, in this time, they needed to work to repair not tear down. Just leave some things alone. Step aside and let God work.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082