Powered by 4 - October 19, 2015

 

Rehoboam's Reign

Today's reading: 1 Kings 14:21-31; 2 Chronicles 11:1-12:16

Today we get our final look at Rehoboam and his reign over Judah. While we’re not given a lot of detail about Rehoboam in 1 Kings 14, there is more information on him in 2 Chronicles 11-12. So I’ve included those chapters in our reading to provide us with as full a picture as possible of Rehoboam.

After his initial error in following the counsel of his friends when he became king, what we see of Rehoboam is that he actually made some wise decisions as he ruled. However, he wasn’t fully devoted to following God, and as a result, God allows Shishak, the king of Egypt, to overtake a number of the cities of Judah and plunder the treasures from the temple, the kings house and elsewhere. The devastation from this war gets the attention of Rehoboam and his team of leaders, who then humble themselves and turn back to God.

What impact does (or has) experiencing adversity (whether or not it’s a result of your actions) have (or had) on your spiritual life? Tami

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