Scripture for today: 2 Chronicles 12:13-16.
Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, was the last king of a united Israel. During his reign, the nation would be divided into a southern kingdom known as Judah and a northern kingdom that would retain the name of Israel. One of the biggest lessons we can learn from Rehoboam is the need to prepare ourselves for whatever the Lord wants us to do.
Rehoboam was given the incredible privilege of being the king of Israel. However, he had not prepared himself for the job. 2 Chronicles 12:14 says, “And he did evil because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” Rehoboam’s lack of preparation would cost him and the kingdom dearly.
It’s not that he didn’t have previous warning that he was going to be king. It was common knowledge throughout the realm that he would be the next king after his father, Solomon. However, he squandered his opportunity, and the people of Judah suffered for his lack of preparation.
How can we prepare ourselves for our God–given opportunities? For us, our preparation involves a combination of character and skill. Our character is shaped by a consistent walk with God.
By reading and applying God’s Word to our lives.
By living with a dependence upon the Holy Spirit.
By having a consistent accountability with others in our lives.
Our skill is developed by doing our best with our God-given talent. By honing our craft. By working hard. By doing whatever we do with all our might as unto the Lord. Preparation makes us ready for those God-given opportunities that come our way.
How are you preparing yourself for greater responsibility? Is your heart prepared to follow whatever path God may have for you to travel?
This devotion is based on Marty McLain’s book “The Crown has Fallen: A Study of the Kings of Judah.”