Grace and peace be unto you.
What is a likely consequence when we believe our thoughts over God’s promises? Scripture says, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace” (Romans 8:6). God desires that we develop an intimate relationship with him and commit everything to him.
The story is told that God divided the tribes of Israel. He gave 2 tribes to Solomon’s son Rehoboam and 10 tribes to his official, Jeroboam. He promised Jeroboam that he would build him a dynasty as lasting as King David’s if he obeyed his commands and decrees. After Solomon’s death, the leaders of the 10 tribes anointed Jeroboam as their king. (1 Kings 11:29-39).
Rehoboam was king of Judah and Jerusalem was the capital. Consequently, Jeroboam fortified Shechem as the capital of Israel and lived there. After a while, he thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.” Following this thought, he built two calves and set up one in Bethel and the other in Dan. Then, he instructed the people to worship them as their god, and they obeyed (1 Kings 12:25-31).
God appointed Jeroboam king over ten tribes, which were the majority of the Israelites. He then promised him a dynasty similar to King David’s, which was contingent on obedience to his word. Still yet, Jeroboam was afraid that the Israelites would kill him and give their loyalty to the house of David. He did not trust God to protect him and establish his legacy. In the absence of trust, fear emerges.
Jeroboams’ responsibility was to obey God’s commands in order to maintain his position. But he believed his thoughts over God’s promise. And so, he sought to maintain the kingship and loyalty of the people by his own effort and idea, which led him and the Israelites to sin. Sadly, prior to making the fatal decision, he did not discuss his fear with God, who was available.
What are you afraid of losing? What has God given you that you are trying to keep by your own effort? It is okay to be fearful but wrong not to discuss it with Jesus. Scripture says, “God has not given you a spirit of fear but of courage, love, and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). God is asking you to talk to him about your concern. He loves you very much and wants you to make the right decision. He is waiting to give you the answer that you need. Will you speak with him today? “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Heavenly Father, we praise you because you do all things well. We commit our thoughts to you and ask that you grant us the patience to wait for your response, and the wisdom to obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.