After All, It Is Our Issue
“And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 12:14 (NKJV)
Couldn’t think of a better way of spending New Year’s Day then a morning at America’s Keswick and a message from Dr. Bob Alderman, Minister at Large! He was his usual comedic self as he passed along compliments to all those he had encountered during his stay for the NYD event and then he got to the business at hand…God’s Word. Once the microphone was sorta adjusted for him he told us where he wanted to go in Scripture. He also told us this was a particularly nasty verse in the Bible. Not what I thought would be coming from him and considering I went to hear his encouraging take on God’s Word I wasn’t ready for…Rehoboam.
Rehoboam wasn’t a nice guy at all. At his coronation he made this announcement to the common folk, “Whereas my father laid upon you a heavy yoke, so shall I add tenfold thereto. Whereas my father chastised you with whips, so shall I chastise you with scorpions. For my littlest finger is thicker than my father’s loins; and your backs, which bent like reeds at my father’s touch, shall break like straws at my own touch.” Umm, yeah…kinda makes me wanna go back to Egypt (which, by the way, did take his part of Israel as tribute). So Dr. Alderman has us in 2Chronicles 12:14 and it is of no encouragement. Definitely not a good word to hear as the New Year had just started some 10+ hours earlier.
The beginning of the chapter isn’t any better either as it states that Rehoboam abandons the Law of the LORD and takes Israel with him in this behavior but this 14th verse is about him. And even as you look into the 12th chapter and see the possibility of a repented Rehoboam by the 14th verse he turns back and it comes in three folds.
1. He did evil
2. He didn’t set his heart
3. He didn’t seek the LORD
When I seek this verse pull apart like this I see the result first, the action second and the purpose as last. As Dr. Alderman said and I am in full agreement with, seeking the LORD is our responsibility; it is our issue to handle. And yet we can all be like Rehoboam at times. It happens when God’s no gets vetoed and replaced by our yes or when God’s yes falls short with our idea of yes.
Another thing to look at is it is our responsibility to set our hearts; it is our issue to handle. You are the one to set your heart. The following passage should work as guidance in this area…“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:23-27) If we can stick with this I am confident that we can avoid evil or at least be able to swerve around it.
Dr. Alderman gave this as a word of warning, “If we think we can handle our hearts we are defeated. We need to be mindful the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.” As I get ready to blaze a new trail into this New Year I praise God that this message made it to my ears. Last year wasn’t exactly anything to write home about as it was peppered with those things that weren’t exactly set on the things of YHVH!! The last thing I would want to say is I plan on making the burden of being around me heavier on those who love me but instead taking the time and reflect on what Solomon wrote in the 4th chapter of Proverbs. Maybe Rehoboam should have done it as well…after all, it is our issue and ABBA knows best!! Amen? – Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “The heart is first. It speaks of the inner life, the mind, the thoughts, the motives, the desires. The mind is the fountain from which the actions flow. If the fountain is pure, the stream that flows from it will be pure. As a man thinks, so is he.”—William MacDonald
Verse to Memorize: The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24