Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Rehoboam Default

Today, as I was reading in 2 Chronicles 12, I noticed these things about Rehoboam (king of Judah after Solomon's death):

"After Rehoboam's position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel [this is actually referring to Judah] with him abandoned the law of the LORD."

"He [Rehoboam] did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD."

These passages give me insight into two things--neither of them good. Number one; when we humans feel powerful, strong, and proud of ourselves and in our abilities, we, like Rehoboam, have no need for God and we abandon Him. And..we encourage others to do the same by our behaviors.

Secondly, our default is evil. We, like this powerful king, default to evil if we do not CHOOSE to seek the Lord. If our hearts are not consciously set towards God, we WILL wander away from Him. We must train our minds to think the Truth and choose to seek God wholeheartedly.

So...where does that leave us? We must realize that we are weak and distractable and naturally evil. We must discipline ourselves to spend time learning from Christ and His Word EVERY day. We must deny our natural tendencies of selfishness and promote a Spirit of Godliness.

We must die. He must live.

Your life is speaking. What is it saying to others?

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Hebrews 12:2-3

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