A Kingdom Torn in Two - 4 | Immanuel Lutheran Church

November 17, 2022 Daily Inspiration

A Kingdom Torn in Two - 4

A Kingdom Torn in Two - 4

1 Kings 14: 7-9

This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.”

 

Thought for Today

God was the author of Jeroboam’s success. He even gave him David’s kingdom, which broke His heart. Yet Jeroboam turned his back on God and did whatever he thought was necessary to consolidate his power. The only thing Jeroboam did not do was consult the Lord. Isn’t it curious that as soon as people get into positions of power they start to think that it was their genius that got them there. They stop seeking God’s direction and wisdom. This often leads to moral failure that would have been unthinkable in before. Regardless of where you are in life today, remember that the Lord is the author of your successes and victories and the only way to sustain them is to continually turn to Him for wisdom and guidance. He will never lead you astray. Spend some time in prayer today seeking the Lord for the guidance you need in life.

 

Prayer

Lord God, You have ordered my life with blessings in the days gone by, keep my heart pointed directly to You, so I may follow You into the future. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person's seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next. ― Elisabeth Elliot

 

Quote of the Day

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. ― Ben Sweetland