Today's reading: 1 Kings 12:25-13:10
Jeroboam absolutely knows that God has put him in place as king and he gladly accepts that role. But once he assumes that position, he abruptly proceeds to ignore God and behave as if he is in control of everything. Jeroboam becomes fixated on himself and staying in power. So much so that he not only turns away from God, but actually treats God like an adversary. And even when God sends a messenger to confront Jeroboam, there doesn’t seem to be a true heart or attitude change toward God.
Jeroboam provides us with a sad and accurate picture of the intoxicating effect that having power can have on us if and when our desires and goals are about us rather than serving God.
What did you notice about having power from Jeroboam? When you are in a position of power (and we all have and exercise power of some sort), what helps you keep the right perspective and act accordingly? Tami
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