Seeking God’s Protection
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 1; 1 Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1 Thessalonians 5
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 1:42-53
Near the end of King David’s life, it was clear that the time had come to anoint a new king. One of David’s sons, Adonijah, stepped forward and decided that he would be king, so he gathered support and made preparations. When the prophet Nathan heard about this, he immediately went to Bathsheba, David’s wife, and together they went to inform David. David was not happy about Adonijah’s rebellion, because God already declared that David’s son Solomon would be the next king of Israel. David quickly took steps to have Solomon anointed king before Adonijah could begin his reign. Meanwhile, Adonijah and all of his guests were having a party in celebration of his kingdom. When they heard the news that David had anointed Solomon king, the party quickly ended and the crowd dispersed. In verse 50, we read, “But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar.” Adonijah knew that his evil scheme was over, and his first reaction was to run to the altar of God. He was in effect seeking God’s protection. Solomon initially allowed Adonijah to live despite his rebellion, but he was later executed when he attempted to claim the throne a second time.
Adonijah had the right idea in seeking God’s protection. The problem was his timing. When we do wrong and things go badly, most of us will turn to God for protection. This is not a bad thing because God is always there to catch us when we fall and forgive us, but it is certainly not the best way to go about things. If Adonijah had sought God’s guidance and protection before he started his rebellion, he could have saved himself a lot of heartache. In fact, he could have saved his own life. Repeatedly we read stories in the Bible about people doing wrong and then turning to God when things get bad. The simple fact is that when we act without first seeking God’s guidance, things will almost invariably go badly. We can wait for that to happen to turn to God for protection, but why would we want to put ourselves through that? I believe there are two main reasons why we do this. We act without seeking God either because our pride convinces us that we can accomplish what we want on our own without God’s help, or because, like Adonijah, deep down we know what we are trying to accomplish is wrong. Either way, the result will be the same. Without God’s guidance and protection, we will ultimately fail. Do not let pride convince you to move without talking it over with God. Do not let temptation convince you to go against what you know is right. Seek God’s protection and guidance first in all things, and have faith that God will point you in the right direction.
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Posted on May 16, 2013, in 11 - 1 Kings and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.