Today's Devotion - 1/20/12

2 Chronicles 11-13

Solomon laid the trap…his son Rehoboam fell into.  The greatness of Israel begins to wither under the weight of poor decisions and outright idolatry.  The riches it was famed for, are now pillaged by the enemy forces of Egypt.  The prosperous kingdom is now spit.  It occurs when Rehoboam demands that the people who were over-taxed and exploited by his father serve him in like manner.  It’s a decision made in haste and born out of his pride.  It would cost him dearly.

In 2 Chronicles 10, it mentions that because of this decision, the Northern kingdom would never again accept a king from the line of David.  Isn’t this a prophecy that would be fulfilled centuries later, when the true heir of David’s throne is rejected.  King Jesus walked among the people he was seeking to save, and was rejected.

Rehoboam had good and bad moments.  His initial decisions split the kingdom, and yet he continued to seek the Lord.  Because of this, he maintained God’s blessing.  Then we see an all-too-familiar theme.  2 Chronicles 12:1, “ 1 Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel along with him.

When things went bad, he ran for God.  When things got good again, he thought he could forsake the One who got Him there.  God help me and save me from this disease.  Let me seek you in the bad times and praise you in the good times.  There is none like YOU.

Romans 8

Gotta be one of my very favorite chapters in all of scripture.  Have greater mysteries ever been revealed.  Today I was watching a TV show where a character kneels to prayer.  In true cinematic fashion, the characters glances pensively to the sky, and begins with something like this:  "Oh God, I’m not sure if you’re there, but if I’ve ever done anything good enough, please answer my request.“

I feel like the keeper of a wonderful secret.  I never have to wonder about whether or not I am heard by the Almighty keeper of the galaxies.  I am His and He is mine.  I am so possessed and enraptured by this thought.  Indeed, the Love of Christ compels.  His love is big enough in the good times and in the bad.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.