|“Right now counts forever.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Nevertheless they did not turn away from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, with which he made Israel sin, but walked in them; and the Asherah also remained standing in Samaria.” 2 Kings 13:6
These words reflect God’s criticism of most of Israel’s kings. When God stripped the kingdom from Solomon’s son and divided it between two nations called Israel in the north and Judah in the south, He promised Jeroboam, the new king of Israel, that He would do for him what He did for David. But there was a condition: Jeroboam had to “walk in My ways and do that which is right in My sight.”239The Temple resided in Jerusalem, part of the southern kingdom of Judah. This presented a challenge for Jeroboam, for if he encouraged his people to worship God in the biblically designated place, he ran the risk of losing the affections of his people. Unwilling to take such a risk, he made two golden calves, placing one in Dan and the other in Bethel, discouraging his people from going outside his kingdom to worship. He, and the kings that followed him, failed to understand that they served at God’s pleasure. They did not want to let go of what God had already given to them, and they refused to trust God to maintain their throne for as long as He wished.
You can easily become possessive of that which God gives you, forgetting that He gave it to you to steward. Your possessions are no more yours than the kingdom belonged to the king. For example, a man declared bankruptcy, causing loss to others so that he wouldn’t have to pay for his mistake. You may not know what proper stewardship looks like, but you can know that when you step outside of the biblical parameters in an endeavor to keep what God has given you, you grieve His heart.
239 I Kings 11:38
Ezra 6-8 John 21 (New King James Version)
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