A new/closer relationship with Christ is something that should be desired by all. For many, it came during a difficult period in life. For others, it formed at the peak of success. Nevertheless, seeking God is something that has to be started. Growth has be strived for continually. Be prepared to receive love, joy, peace, protection, knowledge, wisdom, strength, guidance, forgiveness, deliverance, hope, grace, comfort, and eternal life. The rewards far outweigh any risk. Yet, I would be lying if I stated that maintaining the relationship was a simple thing to do. Each day will present a new situation or opportunity. With this, comes the chance to respond how God would want us to. Regardless of the decision you make, never abandon Him.
Shishak Attacks Jerusalem
12 After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel[a] with him abandoned the law of the Lord. 2 Because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam.3 With twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen and the innumerable troops of Libyans, Sukkites and Cushites[b] that came with him from Egypt, 4 he captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.
5 Then the prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and to the leaders of Judah who had assembled in Jerusalem for fear of Shishak, and he said to them, “This is what the Lordsays, ‘You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandon you to Shishak.’”
6 The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”
7 When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.8 They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.”
9 When Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, he carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including the gold shields Solomon had made. 10 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace. 11 Whenever the king went to the Lord’s temple, the guards went with him, bearing the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.
12 Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some good in Judah.
13 King Rehoboam established himself firmly in Jerusalem and continued as king. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite. 14 He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.
15 As for the events of Rehoboam’s reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer that deal with genealogies? There was continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 16 Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Abijah his son succeeded him as king.
In all situations, keep His ways and you will surely be blessed. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, obeyed God until he got where he wanted to be. When we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation, doing things God’s way may seem to be an unattractive method. However, the opposite occurs in this situation. In the text above, grace is the result of doing it “God’s way”, but His ways were neglected. It’s strange to abandon ideas, principles, or teachings that create success, but it happens. Remember that the one who helped you up is the one who will keep you from falling. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”(Psalm 37:23-24).
Humble yourself. The king and others had to recognize that God is just which eventually saved them. Being out of touch with God indeed makes life harder. The pressures and distractions of everyday life is enough to disrupt any relationship. The best thing to do is to stop and regroup. Realizing fault, asking for forgiveness, accepting correction, and being patient are some the ways to humble yourself. Realize that your success as well as your sustainment is tied to being humble daily. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10). “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” (Psalm 54:4).
Keep seeking the Lord. “[Rehoboam] did evil because he had not set his heart on the seeking the Lord”. Evil points towards destruction, and destruction is one the quickest ways to achieve death. It’s ironic that that evil spelled backwards is ‘live’. This is exactly what Gods wants for His children, to live and not just exist. Remain firm in seeking and choosing to serve God. “For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” (Psalm 37:9).
Our responses to situations and scenarios can have a great effect our life. Regardless if our decisions are intentional or not, we must humble ourselves always before God. Mistakes are inevitable, but make the effort to want to be learn from them. My prayer is for you to continue your pursuit in seeking God and submitting to His will by keeping His ways. Throughout everything, remain humble. Continue to work towards greatness. God is a stable foundation and all that you need.