Have you ever felt like someone took a position, a promotion, or a recognition that was meant to be yours? Did it shake you? Did it leave you wondering if God had forgotten you?
This week God brought 1 Kings to my mind. It’s not a passage I’ve ever spent much time in, so when he laid it on my heart and mind I was excitedly curious to see what was there for me. I’m sure many of you are like me and would have no idea what to say if someone asked you about the story in 1 Kings, so let me summarize it for you (and do check it out when you have a chance)…
1 Kings opens with King David as a very old man, not in the best of health and definitely headed to the end of his days. As so often happened in those days, when a king was nearing the end, all sorts of people came out of the woodwork to claim themselves as the next king. In this particular story that guy was named Adonijah. Now Adonijah had a reasonable claim to the throne. He was the 4th son of one of David’s many wives. The problem was, King David had publicly declared years prior that Solomon (his son) would be king (1 Chron 28:5-7). This did not deter Adonijah and he began throwing lavish parties for himself and proclaiming himself as king. There were several people in the king’s court who knew Adonijah was not to be king, and one of those people was a loyal prophet named Nathan. So Nathan went to Solomon’s mother (Bathsheba) and encouraged her to go to King David and remind him of his promise to make Solomon king. She does just that, and to make a long story short, King David once again proclaims Solomon as the future king and anoints him as such before his death. I’m sure we all remember what happened after that…Solomon was one of the most highly regarded kings ever, and was considered one of the wisest men on earth.
There are few things that God spoke to me through this passage:
1. When God anoints you as royal, NO one can take that away from you.
When you accepted God as the ruler of your life, you became a daughter or son of the king. I love how it is stated in 1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (also check out Galatians 3:26, 2 Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 4:7 for awesome promises on being a daughter or son of Christ). Unlike an earthly royalty, your heavenly royalty cannot be overthrown.
Solomon wasn’t a random choice made by King David, he was the choice made by God as we read in 1 Chronicles 28:5-7 “Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.”
What God has anointed and called holy, no one can overthrow. He has anointed YOU and called YOU holy, your position is secure and your inheritance is sure. No one can usurp your rights or take away the plans and positions God has for you. Many will try, but none will succeed.
2. He really does work ALL things together for our good.
Did anyone else catch that Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba? THE Bathsheba? The one who truly was never meant to be with the king? If you don’t know her story, you can read it in 2 Samuel 11. It’s one of the all-time famous scandalous stories in the Bible. Bathsheba was a married woman and king David should never have slept with her. He even went so far as to have her husband killed! But EVEN SO, God brought redemption to this story. In the midst of our mistakes and sin, God is merciful and works within our failures to bring about the good He has planned. We cannot overthrow God’s plans for ourselves nor anyone else’s. If you feel like you’ve messed up God’s plans for your life be assured that you have not! He is still at work and desires to redeem you and work all things in your life for good.
3. As sons and daughters of the king, we have a legacy to uphold and pass on.
1 Kings 2:1-4 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he (king David) said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.”
Be obedient to God and obey His commands and teachings. This can seem challenging when we’re first learning to walk with our King, but as we grow and deepen our relationship with Him we find ourselves desiring to be obedient and uphold his laws. A good king doesn’t force people to serve him, obey him and follow him; when a king is good, people want to do those things! And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that our King is abundantly good! He is the King OF Kings! I love that living in obedience doesn’t only mean that we prosper, but that those who come after us will prosper as well if they keep His ways. Our charge is simple and the reward is great.
So friend, do not be shaken!! You are royalty, God has a good plan for you, and in obedience to Him you WILL prosper.
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.