1 Kings 11:29-31, 34-38 Faithful in Service by Asangika Jayaratne

1 Kings 11:29-31, 34-38 Faithful in Service by Asangika Jayaratne

     This was the time period when King Solomon ruled as king over Israel. Jeroboam was one of the officials of Solomon. He came from the tribe of Ephraim. We can see he was ordinary man. In verse 28, it says he was faithful and a hard worker. Solomon saw how well this young man was working and put him in charge of the whole labor force.

     God sees what we do and how faithful we are. It may be in your work place or the ministry you are involved in. Be faithful in the little things you do. Then He will promote you. Sometimes we wait for the big things. If I get that position I would do well. No, just be faithful in the place where you are and then God who sees everything will promote you.  

Matthew 6:6 “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

     In verse 30 we see Ahijah, the prophet, prophesized to Jeroboam by tearing the cloak he was wearing and giving ten pieces to Jeroboam. As God promised Jeroboam, he became the king over ten tribes and Solomon’s son, Reheboam, became king over Judah. We also find out that King Rehoboam gathered one hundred and eighty thousand men to fight against Jeroboam. How it grieves the Lord when there is fighting within the family of God. In 1 Kings 12:22-24, God intervened and stopped them from going against Jeroboam. But then Jeroboam, whose heart was not fully committed to the Lord, makes a grievous mistake. He made two golden calves and told the people worship to them. When we knowingly do what is contrary to God, our worship will never be acceptable to Him.

     Because of his sin, God gave Jeroboam the kingdom of Israel. In verse 38, He commanded him to keep His commandments, serve Him and follow Him. Today He is asking us the same thing. Keep His ways and His laws and follow Him. God doesn’t need anything from you. He only wants your heart. He wants your sincere heart and asks you to trust in Him alone. He holds your future. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But they are His plans. The more you desire the things of God, the more you will desire His plan. Jeroboam had his own plan and ended up a disaster. For each and every person, God has a great destiny plan for all of us. Just trust in His promises and walk in His ways. 

     Jeroboam trusted in himself. He forgot that it was God who put him there. Fear took over. When we read on, we see what happened to him and also his children. What a sad ending to what could have been God’s great plan for his life. Today we find ourselves in similar situations. We trust in our strength to get us through issues. We struggle with it because we want to solve our problems with our strength. Fear of losing what we have or not accomplishing what we want to do. Just like God fought for Jeroboam, He will fight for you. He has called you and put you in the place you are now. You can do a good job where He calls you, you can achieve what God wants in your life and you can have great success if you only trust and be faithful to Him.

     God is saying to us today “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” God is saying to us again, you will not fight with your strength or power. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Isaiah 41:10 says “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 Conclusion

1) Be faithful in things that you do.                                                                                                                                                                          2) Be obedient in the plan God has for you.                                                                                                                                                        3) Be known for a life that is pleasing to God.                                                                                                                                                     4) Believe in God’s promises. If God has put you somewhere, you can do everything with His strength and His grace. You have all His promises if you will only keep His commandments.

1 Kings 11:38. “If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.”



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