April 8

1 Kings 14-16, Psalm 98

We tend to make things so complicated. As we read through the various kings of Judah and Israel, God classifies them very simply. For a few of them, such as Asa, they did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. For the majority of them, they did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord. Everything else listed about the various kings are of secondary importance.

The same is true of our leaders and our family and our friends and ourselves. We tend to focus on so many trivialities in our daily lives. But it really only comes down in the eyes of God to two things, do we have a true heart for God or not. Are we in a relationship (not being religious or having head knowledge) with Him or not. Are we saved or not. As we continue in His Word, there is not a whole lot of middle ground. We like to use words like some, might, possibly, etc. God uses words like all, will, never, etc. May we see things as clearly as God does, and may it move us to reach out to those not in a relationship with God.

Interesting verse in 1 Kings 14:13, “And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only one of Jeroboam who shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something good toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.” Because the Lord God found something good in the son of Jeroboam, He allowed him to die. This was a merciful act by God before this child was corrupted. We tend to focus so much on longevity on earth, God focuses on eternity. May we all remember, as Paul says, in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”. We who are in Christ, are citizens in heaven and God’s ambassadors on earth. And once we are in Christ we have no fear, as Paul said in the same letter in 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato