[CF Devotionals] 2014-10-27 - What Would Zeruah Say?

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1 Kings 11:26-13:34

Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth. (1 Kings 13:33-34)

My son, Jeroboam, rebelled against King Solomon while he was one of the king's officials. Jeroboam was a hard worker, and thus Solomon promoted him, putting him in charge of the labor force. A prophet told Jeroboam he would take over Solomon's reign, as the king was not following God. The prophet also told my son that as long as he pursued the Lord, God would be with him. How quickly he forgot the prophetic words of the man of God's.

Instead of waiting for God to act, Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon. Protecting his throne, Solomon tried to kill my son, causing Jeroboam to live a life on the run. I do not know when this rebellious streak started in him; I never saw any warning signs.

On one hand, I was thrilled my only child was promoted by the king and then chosen by the Lord to become the king himself. Sadly, this happiness was overshadowed by Jeroboam's selfish actions, which caused him to live life as a fugitive. I felt helpless, not being able to personally comfort my son, but joyous when he eventually took over the throne after Solomon's death.

While my son ruled 22 years, my happiness was short-lived. King Jeroboam encouraged the people to turn from the Lord, and did evil things in God's sight. While he was given an opportunity to change, alas, he did not. I also have my faults, but wonder why Jeroboam didn't see the error in his ways. Was there something I could have said, or his father Nebat could have done, that would have led our son on a better path? I'll never know.

Lord, I wonder if people realize what their destructive behavior does. When will they wake up? God, save them and open their eyes. May they want to be better, and show them a way out. Bring people into their lives who will be Godly influences. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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