Give God YOUR Best
Category : General
2 Chronicles 12: 1 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.
There is a lesson in this for all who sometimes get over confident in our ability and self-sufficiency. We also have the tendency to tell God; I’ve got this! Or okay God, I am out of the woods, thanks for your help, but I can handle things from here—does this sound familiar? We may not say it that way or in so many words, but our action speak louder that what we are saying. However, let me burse your spiritual bubble and let you know that God is looking for a special kind of people; people who are not arrogant or prideful.
Here we find that in v.1 is a real eye-opener regarding the character of this man named Rehoboam. when the kingdom of Rehoboam was established; the tribes of Judah and Benjamin being firmly attached to him, and great numbers from the other tribes coming over to him, and things going on peaceably and prosperously during the three years that he and his people abode by the pure worship of God: here comes the next phrase “and had strengthened himself”; that is to build fortified cities for the defense of himself and kingdom, 2 Chronicles 11:5, he forsook the law of the Lord; after he had reigned three years, and was become strong, and thought himself safe and secure on the throne, trusting to his strength. We are told that he operated in pride; that he disregarded the Word of God, and that he led others astray from God as well. The problem that affected Rehoboam was a problem in the heart. He believed that neither he, nor his nation, needed the Lord; the Lord’s directions; or the Lord’s involvement! He seems to be saying, “Thanks for bringing me this far Lord. I think I can handle it from here.” This is the perfect example of a life that God cannot bless nor use for His glory! God is looking for people who are the exact opposite of Rehoboam.
When Christ said “you cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24), it is clear He did not mean, Be useful unto mammon or bear witness for mammon; but rather, be a lover of and subject unto it. The word is quite plainly defined in “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as servants—you are servants to the one whom you obey” (Romans 6:16). Thus, such expressions as “the servants of sin” (Romans 6:20), “serving divers lusts and pleasures” (Titus 3:3), “the servants of corruption” (2 Peter 2:19) mean being the willing and obedient subjects of sin, lusts, corruption.
A “servant” is one who is not at his own disposal—but is at the beck and call of another, having voluntarily yielded and agreed to do his bidding. It is thus we find him described in the scriptures: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters [for an intimation of their will], and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God” (Ps.123:2). Such too is the New Testament description. Said the centurion, “For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it” (Luke 7:8).
Does God really have your very best? Does He have the real gold of your true devotion, or the fool’s gold of your “instead of” devotion?
Have a great and godly day!