Here we see a picture of two rulers who refuse to listen to wise counsel. In both places, each of these men possess a promise from God that will lead to them having fulfilling and productive lives. Yet each of them is afraid of what the future might hold. When they go before men for counsel, neither of them are particularly interested in what is right before God but instead what might lend them to have more of a promised blessing. This leads to idolatry and even a return to the false worship of the golden calves. As leaders, we must rely on more than wisdom alone. We must rely on God’s character to dictate the filter by which we accept counsel. It may have secured Jeroboam’s role, to institute false religion, but it didn’t place him in line with God’s character. Much like Abraham and Ishmael, this would only create enmity and strife for the long term future and compromise the kingdom that was valued so much. Let us be like David, returning to God’s heart when he is given counsel.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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