At today’s morning devotion, Sir Aleks shared the book of 1 Kings 12:21-28 which focused on Rehoboam’s reign in Judah. The verse talked about how the son of Solomon, King Rehoboam misled the people of Judah and caused them to sin greatly.
The Lord sent king Shishak of Egypt during the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign and beseiged Judah. In the process Shishak took the gold shields that Solomon had placed in the Temple of the Lord. And after being saved by God in 2 Chronicles 12:7-11 that Chronicled a more detailed look into what happeend to Rehoboam after Shishak’s Attack.
To put things in proper context, this is what sir Aleks shared to us that struck me.
God withholds the blessing in your areas in life that we lift up a false God.
He was using this as a point in his illustration of what Rehoboam and the people of Judah did prior to Shishak’s attack.
22 Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and theyprovoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done, with [a]the sins which they [b]committed. 23 For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and[c]Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree. 24 There were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord dispossessed before the sons of Israel.
1 Kings 14:22-24
He then lead to ask the overused question/topic sunday services the world over has used for the longest time.
What is your idol?
This lead me to think of the situation I recently went through. That clearly made me see an idol in my life that I never really considered as one till everything just blew up in my face.
And that aspect, is my romantic life/love life.
Among my life’s other aspects. It seemed that the only area where I really fumble a lot is this one. And with my recent crash and burn moment, it was God finally kicking down the doors to this part of my life and making pushing my face to the reality that this is in fact a part of my life that I haven’t given fully to Him.
It took a really scathing reply to shake me up and make me realize how selfish, thoughtless and God removed my thoughts are in this area.
The pain I felt because of the no was not even from the rejection, but it was from the shame I felt after getting talked down and getting caught red handed on how bad I handled things even before the recent one.
It was at that moment I felt like I was king Rehoboam when King Shishak attacked and stole everything. The golden shield that was mentioned in the bible was like the friendships that I should’ve fostered but are now marred and made bronze because of the careless actions of what I did.
And now those relationships, just like the bronze shields in King Rehoboams time are stark reminders of that moment when I was disciplined by the Lord.
I loved that sir Aleks reminded us as well that:
He (the Lord) does not take pleasure in punishing, He acts in love, because God is good, all the time.
He used the golden-bronze shield illustration as an anchor to our idols in life. Of our times when we strayed and not given up to what the Lord wanted but instead taking our own route, thus ruining something good in the process.
In my case, all those marred friendships were reminders of what I should stop doing. And of what the Lord wants me to do in this area of my life.
7 When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.8 They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.”
2 Chronicles 12:7-8
I’m looking at this most recent incident as a final reminder from God to shape up and just hand this part of my life to Him. The Lord is so good that He wouldn’t want me to keep on straying, but then He won’t hesitate to act if I persist on my way.
I’m putting this latest incident as my last bronze shield. Hoping to just finally let go of the strangle hold I have in trying to control how things go in this area.
And may He finally allow me to let this go and hand it to Him.