Scripture: 2 Chronicles 12:1 When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he grew strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, he and all Israel with him. 2 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem 3 with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand cavalry. A countless army came with him from Egypt—Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians. 4 He took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.
Observation: Rehoboam had already proven himself foolish, arrogant, and immature. He was modestly faithful to God when things appeared precarious. Once firmly established, he abandoned the Lord all together.
Application: Before we get too smug and judge the king, we have to acknowledge we often do the same thing. I tend to diligently seek the Lord when desperate, but become more lax when things are going well. Has happened many times if I’m honest. As I reflect on life right now, things are going well. So this morning, I’m asking myself if I remain diligent in seeking the Lord, or if I’m slipping a bit. One reason I write this blog is to remain grounded in the word of God in good times and bad times. This discipline has helped, but I have a long way to go. What about you?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we tend to be a fickle bunch. We seek you with all our hearts when we’re desperate. But when things are going well, and we think we have things in hand, we can tend to fall away from you. This morning we ask for your grace to be faithful in good times and bad. Help us to remember from whom all blessings flow. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.