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The Testing of Faith


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 17-19; Colossians 2

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 17:1-24

 

When was the last time your faith was tested?  Has it been awhile, or has it happened recently?  One of the certainties of our Christian lives is that at times our faith will be tested.  Just as it takes a tremendous amount of pressure to form a diamond, it sometimes takes trials and tests to build our faith.  How we react to these tests indicates where our hearts are in relation to God.  How we react to these tests shows our true character.  When our faith is tested, we can choose to turn and run away from God, or we can choose to keep our focus firmly on Christ and maintain strict obedience to His Word.  In today’s key passage, we find a great illustration of the testing of faith in the story of the great prophet Elijah.  In a single, relatively short chapter of the Bible, Elijah’s faith was tested four times.  Moreover, these are not small tests.  The tests Elijah faced in 1 Kings 17 are all big ones.  Today we will look at the four tests Elijah faced and how he reacted to each one.

In the first test of his faith, God spoke to Elijah and wanted him to go before the King of Israel and tell him about a drought that was coming.  Elijah needed to confront Ahab, the most evil king in Israel’s history at that point, and tell him that because he did not follow God and because he led the Israelites away from God, he was going to face a punishment in the form of a great drought.  Imagine how Elijah must have felt walking into that room to confront Ahab.  Despite the hostile environment and the unpleasant message he needed to deliver, Elijah did not waiver in his faith.  He obeyed God, and delivered the message to Ahab.

In the second test of his faith, God again spoke to Elijah and told him to go into hiding to spare his own life.  God told Elijah to hide in the Kerith Ravine, and God promised Elijah that he would find water to drink in the brook, and that the ravens would bring him food to eat each day.  Imagine what must have been going through Elijah’s mind when God told him he would be fed by ravens.  I do not know about you, but I probably would have asked God to repeat that message to make sure I heard him correctly.  Elijah, on the other hand, did not waiver in his faith.  He obeyed God, and he went to the Kerith Ravine where he found water in the brook and was fed meat and bread twice a day by ravens.

In the third test of his faith, God told Elijah to go to Zarephath where he would find a widow who would feed him.  When he arrived in Zarephath, he found the widow, but soon realized she was almost as poor and destitute as Elijah himself.  She was getting ready to prepare one final meal for herself and her son, as she was almost out of flour and oil.  Imagine the shock Elijah must have felt when he learned that the widow who was supposed to feed him only had enough flour and oil for one meal.  As before, however, Elijah did not waiver in his faith.  He obeyed God, and told the widow to make him a small cake of bread with the flour and oil she had left, and miraculously the woman’s jar of flour was never used up and her jug of oil was never dry.

In the final test of his faith (in this chapter anyway), the widow’s son became ill and died.  Grieving the loss of her son, the widow blamed Elijah for his death.  Imagine how Elijah must have felt being accused of bringing death to this boy.  In the midst of these accusations, Elijah did not waiver in his faith.  He cried out to the Lord and asked Him to heal the boy, and God returned the widow’s son to life.

As you can see, in each of these four illustrations, Elijah’s faith was tested.  Each time, he could have chosen to turn away from God, but each time he did not waiver in his faith.  Elijah understood that during the testing and trials that come in our lives, our obedience to God is paramount.  The next time your faith is tested, take a lesson from the story of Elijah.  No matter what God asks you to do, or how bad the circumstances might be, do not waiver in your faith, and live in obedience to God’s commands.

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The Deceived Prophet


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 12; Philippians 3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 13:1-25

 

In today’s key passage, we find the tragic story of a deceived prophet.  An unnamed prophet went from Judah to Bethel and spoke out against Jeroboam and his practices of appointing priests outside of the tribe of Levi and erecting idols.  The prophet spoke the words of God and was used by God for His good purposes.  Part of the message he received from God was that he was not to stop and eat any bread or drink any water on his way back home, and he was not to return the way he came.  As he left Bethel, he was stopped by another prophet who wanted the unnamed prophet to return to his home to eat his bread and drink his water.  At first, the unnamed prophet stood firm and told the other prophet that he was under strict orders from God.  Eventually, however, the other prophet was able to convince him by claiming the Lord spoke to him, and the unnamed prophet returned to the man’s house.  As he was eating, the other prophet received a word from God condemning the unnamed prophet for disobeying God’s commands, and when the unnamed prophet left he was killed by a lion along the road.  In the span of just a few short paragraphs, this unnamed prophet went from being a man through whom God spoke, to being a man condemned to die by God’s righteous punishment.

So what can we learn from this tragic story?  First, we can learn that when we are given specific instructions by God we cannot allow anyone or anything to sway us from doing what God told us to do.  We all know what God wants us to do.  It is spelled out in His Word for all of us to see.  We are to obey His commands.  We are to love other people.  We are to reach others for Him.  We are to be His ambassadors to the world.  Sometimes others will try to turn us away from God.  Sometimes, our own rationalizations will try to turn us away from God.  We must not allow this to happen.  This leads to the second point we can learn from this story, which is that God expects complete obedience from us.  He does not expect us to obey Him some of the time.  He expects us to obey Him all of the time.  He does not expect us to obey some of His commands.  He expects us to obey all of His commands.  He gave the unnamed prophet specific instructions and He expected them to be followed.  When they were not, the result was tragic.  Likewise, He has given each of us specific instructions that He expects to be followed, and if they are not the results will be tragic.  My prayer today is that all of us can learn a lesson from the deceived prophet.  My prayer is that none of us will allow anything or anyone to sway us from our mission, and my prayer is that all of us will practice complete submission and obedience to our sovereign God.

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Following Bad Advice


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10,11; Philippians 2

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 12:1-16

 

The period following Solomon’s death was a tumultuous time in Israel.  Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, succeeded him as king and went north to Shechem to try to maintain good relations with the northern tribes.  While there, the Israelites led by Jeroboam came to Rehoboam with a request.  They said, “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.” (Vs. 4)  The Israelites were looking for relief from the forced labor and the high taxes imposed by Solomon during his reign.  Rehoboam did not immediately know how to answer the Israelites, so he told them to return in three days for his answer.  During the three days, Rehoboam sought advice from two groups – the elders who served his father and the young men who had grown up with him.  The elders advised giving in to the Israelites’ demands, but the younger men advised that he should answer them harshly and refuse to back down.  In the end, Rehoboam chose to listen to his younger friends, and this decision caused the nation to be divided in two with the ten northern tribes following Jeroboam and the two southern tribes continuing to follow Rehoboam.

In reading today’s key passage, we can learn a lot about making leadership decisions from Rehoboam.  The first thing we learn is that when a request is made of us, it is often a good idea to delay our response if we do not immediately know the right decision.  Rehoboam was right in allowing himself extra time to make a decision instead of simply answering off the top of his head.  Rehoboam made another good decision when he sought advice from the people he trusted.  When facing a difficult decision, it is often a good idea to seek the council of others.  Sadly, the list of what we can learn from what Rehoboam did ends here.  The remainder of our lesson lies in what Rehoboam did not do.  To begin with, Rehoboam did not remain impartial to the advice given by the two groups and allowed himself to be swayed by his personal relationships with the young men he grew up with.  In addition, Rehoboam made his final decision based on what he believed to be his own best interest instead of the best interest of the group.  Finally, and most importantly, Rehoboam failed to consult God.  When facing a decision, we should always consult God first to determine the best direction in which to proceed.  This can be done by reviewing His Word and through prayer.  Rehoboam had all of the tools he needed to make the right decision, but instead he failed in these key areas, followed bad advice, and ultimately made a choice that cost him dearly.

The next time you are facing a decision, remember the story of Rehoboam.  Remember the things he did well, and remember the things he failed to do.  Give yourself time to make a good decision.  Seek the council of others, and do not be swayed by personal biases.  Make a decision that reflects the best interest of the group instead of yourself.  Above all else, seek God’s wisdom in discerning the right decision.  When we follow bad advice, we can set ourselves up for a tremendous fall, but when we follow God’s advice we will always make the best decision.

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Solomon Asks for Wisdom


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 78; 2 Thessalonians 2

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 3:4-15

 

Most of us, at one time or another, have played the little game of “3 wishes” with ourselves or with others.  The game goes something like this – you have been given three wishes, and you can ask for anything you want.  What would your wishes be?  The answers to this question are typically humorous and pretty informative.  In fact, if you ever want to really understand what drives another person, ask him or her this question.  In today’s key passage, we see a real-life example of this game in Scripture.  Solomon was the new king and one night in a dream, God appeared to him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (Vs. 5)  Now we all have moments of greatness in our lives.  These are moments when we do the right thing, say the right thing, or think the right thing.  In my opinion, Solomon’s greatest moment comes in the next few lines of Scripture.  In response to God, we read in verses 7-9, “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”  When given the chance to ask God for anything, Solomon chose to ask for wisdom.  The next line of Scripture is beautiful in its simplicity as we read, “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” (Vs. 10)

My question today for each of us might be a convicting one.  If you were in the same position as Solomon, what would you say?  If God appeared to you today and told you to ask for whatever you want, what would you ask for Him to give you?  I ask that you spend some time today prayerfully considering this question, because while it may seem like an easy one, the answer will directly reflect where your heart is in relation with God’s will.  When considering this question, remember that no matter what we say our answer would be, God knows our heart and He knows what we would truly ask from Him.  He knows what is in our deepest prayers and He knows what drives us and motivates us.  Would your answer be pleasing to Him?  If not, the good news is that God has the power to change our hearts.  He has the power to help our will line up with His perfect will.  In fact, that is what our walk with God is really all about – growing and maturing in our faith as we become more like Christ.  My prayer today is that you would prayerfully consider your request, that your request would be pleasing to God, and that He will give you the desire of your heart.  Just as God granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, He will grant your request as well when it lines up with His perfect will.

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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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The Testing of Faith


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 17-19; Colossians 2

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 17:1-24

 

When was the last time your faith was tested?  Has it been awhile, or has it happened recently?  One of the certainties of our Christian lives is that at times our faith will be tested.  Just as it takes a tremendous amount of pressure to form a diamond, it sometimes takes trials and tests to build our faith.  How we react to these tests indicates where our hearts are in relation to God.  How we react to these tests shows our true character.  When our faith is tested, we can choose to turn and run away from God, or we can choose to keep our focus firmly on Christ and maintain strict obedience to His Word.  In today’s key passage, we find a great illustration of the testing of faith in the story of the great prophet Elijah.  In a single, relatively short chapter of the Bible, Elijah’s faith was tested four times.  Moreover, these are not small tests.  The tests Elijah faced in 1 Kings 17 are all big ones.  Today we will look at the four tests Elijah faced and how he reacted to each one.

In the first test of his faith, God spoke to Elijah and wanted him to go before the King of Israel and tell him about a drought that was coming.  Elijah needed to confront Ahab, the most evil king in Israel’s history at that point, and tell him that because he did not follow God and because he led the Israelites away from God, he was going to face a punishment in the form of a great drought.  Imagine how Elijah must have felt walking into that room to confront Ahab.  Despite the hostile environment and the unpleasant message he needed to deliver, Elijah did not waiver in his faith.  He obeyed God, and delivered the message to Ahab.

In the second test of his faith, God again spoke to Elijah and told him to go into hiding to spare his own life.  God told Elijah to hide in the Kerith Ravine, and God promised Elijah that he would find water to drink in the brook, and that the ravens would bring him food to eat each day.  Imagine what must have been going through Elijah’s mind when God told him he would be fed by ravens.  I do not know about you, but I probably would have asked God to repeat that message to make sure I heard him correctly.  Elijah, on the other hand, did not waiver in his faith.  He obeyed God, and he went to the Kerith Ravine where he found water in the brook and was fed meat and bread twice a day by ravens.

In the third test of his faith, God told Elijah to go to Zarephath where he would find a widow who would feed him.  When he arrived in Zarephath, he found the widow, but soon realized she was almost as poor and destitute as Elijah himself.  She was getting ready to prepare one final meal for herself and her son, as she was almost out of flour and oil.  Imagine the shock Elijah must have felt when he learned that the widow who was supposed to feed him only had enough flour and oil for one meal.  As before, however, Elijah did not waiver in his faith.  He obeyed God, and told the widow to make him a small cake of bread with the flour and oil she had left, and miraculously the woman’s jar of flour was never used up and her jug of oil was never dry.

In the final test of his faith (in this chapter anyway), the widow’s son became ill and died.  Grieving the loss of her son, the widow blamed Elijah for his death.  Imagine how Elijah must have felt being accused of bringing death to this boy.  In the midst of these accusations, Elijah did not waiver in his faith.  He cried out to the Lord and asked Him to heal the boy, and God returned the widow’s son to life.

As you can see, in each of these four illustrations, Elijah’s faith was tested.  Each time, he could have chosen to turn away from God, but each time he did not waiver in his faith.  Elijah understood that during the testing and trials that come in our lives, our obedience to God is paramount.  The next time your faith is tested, take a lesson from the story of Elijah.  No matter what God asks you to do, or how bad the circumstances might be, do not waiver in your faith, and live in obedience to God’s commands.

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The Deceived Prophet


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 12; Philippians 3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 13:1-25

 

In today’s key passage, we find the tragic story of a deceived prophet.  An unnamed prophet went from Judah to Bethel and spoke out against Jeroboam and his practices of appointing priests outside of the tribe of Levi and erecting idols.  The prophet spoke the words of God and was used by God for His good purposes.  Part of the message he received from God was that he was not to stop and eat any bread or drink any water on his way back home, and he was not to return the way he came.  As he left Bethel, he was stopped by another prophet who wanted the unnamed prophet to return to his home to eat his bread and drink his water.  At first, the unnamed prophet stood firm and told the other prophet that he was under strict orders from God.  Eventually, however, the other prophet was able to convince him by claiming the Lord spoke to him, and the unnamed prophet returned to the man’s house.  As he was eating, the other prophet received a word from God condemning the unnamed prophet for disobeying God’s commands, and when the unnamed prophet left he was killed by a lion along the road.  In the span of just a few short paragraphs, this unnamed prophet went from being a man through whom God spoke, to being a man condemned to die by God’s righteous punishment.

So what can we learn from this tragic story?  First, we can learn that when we are given specific instructions by God we cannot allow anyone or anything to sway us from doing what God told us to do.  We all know what God wants us to do.  It is spelled out in His Word for all of us to see.  We are to obey His commands.  We are to love other people.  We are to reach others for Him.  We are to be His ambassadors to the world.  Sometimes others will try to turn us away from God.  Sometimes, our own rationalizations will try to turn us away from God.  We must not allow this to happen.  This leads to the second point we can learn from this story, which is that God expects complete obedience from us.  He does not expect us to obey Him some of the time.  He expects us to obey Him all of the time.  He does not expect us to obey some of His commands.  He expects us to obey all of His commands.  He gave the unnamed prophet specific instructions and He expected them to be followed.  When they were not, the result was tragic.  Likewise, He has given each of us specific instructions that He expects to be followed, and if they are not the results will be tragic.  My prayer today is that all of us can learn a lesson from the deceived prophet.  My prayer is that none of us will allow anything or anyone to sway us from our mission, and my prayer is that all of us will practice complete submission and obedience to our sovereign God.

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Following Bad Advice


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10,11; Philippians 2

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 12:1-16

 

The period following Solomon’s death was a tumultuous time in Israel.  Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, succeeded him as king and went north to Shechem to try to maintain good relations with the northern tribes.  While there, the Israelites led by Jeroboam came to Rehoboam with a request.  They said, “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.” (Vs. 4)  The Israelites were looking for relief from the forced labor and the high taxes imposed by Solomon during his reign.  Rehoboam did not immediately know how to answer the Israelites, so he told them to return in three days for his answer.  During the three days, Rehoboam sought advice from two groups – the elders who served his father and the young men who had grown up with him.  The elders advised giving in to the Israelites’ demands, but the younger men advised that he should answer them harshly and refuse to back down.  In the end, Rehoboam chose to listen to his younger friends, and this decision caused the nation to be divided in two with the ten northern tribes following Jeroboam and the two southern tribes continuing to follow Rehoboam.

In reading today’s key passage, we can learn a lot about making leadership decisions from Rehoboam.  The first thing we learn is that when a request is made of us, it is often a good idea to delay our response if we do not immediately know the right decision.  Rehoboam was right in allowing himself extra time to make a decision instead of simply answering off the top of his head.  Rehoboam made another good decision when he sought advice from the people he trusted.  When facing a difficult decision, it is often a good idea to seek the council of others.  Sadly, the list of what we can learn from what Rehoboam did ends here.  The remainder of our lesson lies in what Rehoboam did not do.  To begin with, Rehoboam did not remain impartial to the advice given by the two groups and allowed himself to be swayed by his personal relationships with the young men he grew up with.  In addition, Rehoboam made his final decision based on what he believed to be his own best interest instead of the best interest of the group.  Finally, and most importantly, Rehoboam failed to consult God.  When facing a decision, we should always consult God first to determine the best direction in which to proceed.  This can be done by reviewing His Word and through prayer.  Rehoboam had all of the tools he needed to make the right decision, but instead he failed in these key areas, followed bad advice, and ultimately made a choice that cost him dearly.

The next time you are facing a decision, remember the story of Rehoboam.  Remember the things he did well, and remember the things he failed to do.  Give yourself time to make a good decision.  Seek the council of others, and do not be swayed by personal biases.  Make a decision that reflects the best interest of the group instead of yourself.  Above all else, seek God’s wisdom in discerning the right decision.  When we follow bad advice, we can set ourselves up for a tremendous fall, but when we follow God’s advice we will always make the best decision.

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Solomon Asks for Wisdom


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 78; 2 Thessalonians 2

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 3:4-15

 

Most of us, at one time or another, have played the little game of “3 wishes” with ourselves or with others.  The game goes something like this – you have been given three wishes, and you can ask for anything you want.  What would your wishes be?  The answers to this question are typically humorous and pretty informative.  In fact, if you ever want to really understand what drives another person, ask him or her this question.  In today’s key passage, we see a real-life example of this game in Scripture.  Solomon was the new king and one night in a dream, God appeared to him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (Vs. 5)  Now we all have moments of greatness in our lives.  These are moments when we do the right thing, say the right thing, or think the right thing.  In my opinion, Solomon’s greatest moment comes in the next few lines of Scripture.  In response to God, we read in verses 7-9, “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”  When given the chance to ask God for anything, Solomon chose to ask for wisdom.  The next line of Scripture is beautiful in its simplicity as we read, “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” (Vs. 10)

My question today for each of us might be a convicting one.  If you were in the same position as Solomon, what would you say?  If God appeared to you today and told you to ask for whatever you want, what would you ask for Him to give you?  I ask that you spend some time today prayerfully considering this question, because while it may seem like an easy one, the answer will directly reflect where your heart is in relation with God’s will.  When considering this question, remember that no matter what we say our answer would be, God knows our heart and He knows what we would truly ask from Him.  He knows what is in our deepest prayers and He knows what drives us and motivates us.  Would your answer be pleasing to Him?  If not, the good news is that God has the power to change our hearts.  He has the power to help our will line up with His perfect will.  In fact, that is what our walk with God is really all about – growing and maturing in our faith as we become more like Christ.  My prayer today is that you would prayerfully consider your request, that your request would be pleasing to God, and that He will give you the desire of your heart.  Just as God granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, He will grant your request as well when it lines up with His perfect will.

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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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