DEVOTION:There Is A Price To Pay!
Solomon experienced peace and security when all was well between him and God. But when his heart was turned away from God, trouble began for God himself raised adversaries against Solomon. Not one! But three!
The first of these was: Hadad the Edomite a foreign adversary
Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. 1 Kings 11:14
The second adversary was: Rezon son of Eliada another foreign adversary.
And God raised up against Solomon another adversary, Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer king of Zobah. 1 Kings 11:23
And the third one was: Jeroboam son of Nebat an adversary from within.
Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah. 1 Kings 11:26
These brought instability and insecurity in the country.
Rezon was Israel’s adversary as long as Solomon lived, adding to the trouble caused by Hadad. So Rezon ruled in Aram and was hostile toward Israel. 1 Kings 11:25
Notice that for the reminder of Solomon life as King until he died, there was no peace in the country because of these adversaries. This happened only because Solomon chose to disobey God’s commands and failed to heed His warnings.
Until this time, there was peace in the land. Read the following passage we saw two days ago.
For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides. During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, each man under his own vine and fig tree. 1 Kings 4:24-25
But the Lord became angry against Solomon because he turned his heart to other gods. As a result God raise adversaries against him, which brought insecurity and instability in the country. And the peace Solomon and the whole nation had enjoyed disappeared for there is always a price to pay, when we rebel against God.
- Have you ever wondered what happens to believers when they drift away from the Lord? Things will never the same in their lives. This can be from family to their work place, and relationships. God will always raise adversaries for his rebellious children.
- Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 11:7-11
- He sent the nation of Israel into captivity for 70 years because they worship other gods.
- Like any father, God will discipline his children when they rebel against Him.
- Are you experiencing any hardships in your life? If the answer is yes, why do you think this is happening?
- Could it be that you are under the discipline of your Heavenly Father?
- Is all well between you and God?
- If all is not well between you and God then May be He has raised adversaries against you.
- While you cannot conclude all the time that any challenges in life are a form of discipline, it is one of the possibilities why you as a Christian might be experiencing difficulty in your life. Ask myself the following questions when you face challenges in life.
- Is there any sin in my life that I need to confess?
- Is there anything God is trying to teach me that I have failed to pay attention over time?
- Is there a new lesson God is teaching me at this point?
- Is God using my faith to teach others something new? In other words, am I the contemporary Job for my fellow believers?
- Could it be that God is rebuking Satan through my faith?
4. But this is true! Any believer who rebels against God and continues in rebellion will never be at peace and all will not go well in their lives.
When our hearts are turn away from God.
All will not be well between God and us.
And the consequence is all will
Not be well with us
THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY!
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto