CHOOSING TO BE THE WRONG KING
Jaime Wyrtzen Lauze´
Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” And he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.” 1 Kings 1:5
One theme we see constantly throughout the Bible is that of the wrong person trying to be a king or ruler of sorts. This translates to our lives today.
1 Kings 1 opens like a Shakespearean drama. A great, old king is about to die and there is conflict over which son is to take the throne. Solomon was chosen by God, but Adonijah, the older brother, decided to take the kingdom for himself. He went so far as to announce it, choose a priest, and build up his own army. But here’s the really telling thing. Adonijah did not tell Nathan, the most important priest, or his brother Solomon. He knew he was doing wrong. Solomon had been chosen since birth. His name even means “loved by the Lord.” Names had always had a connection with a person’s destiny.
We do the same thing as Adonijah when we rebel against what God wants for us. This is especially true when we want what God has given to someone else. We may not go as far as to gather an army and offer up sacrifices, but that doesn’t make our actions any less sinful. If we confess our sins, we will be forgiven. If we ask for wisdom, peace, and contentment, God will give them. God wants to give us so much more if only we stopped looking at whatever everyone else has. Remember, it was Lucifer who wanted to be God. And, well, you see happened because of that.
Heavenly Father, Show me where I have not respected Your will for me. I surrender right now. Give me the strength to obey the authorities You have placed in my life. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
- Think of a time when You ran away from God’s will. How did you feel?
- What are the consequences of looking around at whatever everyone else has?
- Find some Biblical examples of people who acted like Adonijah.
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