Scripture: Psalm 49:20. 1 Kings 11:1-2,
In the scripture above, we see the story of Jeroboam, a man God decided to honour and promote. Not because he qualified, but because God is generously gracious, and is forever contending for the highest possible good of his children.
Solomon had strayed so far from God that He was disappointed at him.
For a son who grew up with David and saw the way his father ordered his relationship with God, Solomon had a weakness for women and somehow didn’t work on himself in that regard.
God made up his mind that for his atrocities, the kingdom that was promised his father David forever, will be taken away from him; though not during Solomon’s reign, but it will be taken. Just at the same time, another man was proving himself… Jeroboam was doing exploits in the Military where he was planted. He did so well Solomon the king acknowledged his prowess with an appointment. Whenever, God puts something in us; men can see it, and smart men quickly align with what God can do through us.
In verse 29, the stage was set; and God pulled the stops in very dramatic ways to show Jeroboam that he was favoured. God announced to him through the Prophet Ahijah that ten out of the twelve tribes of Israel will be given to him after Solomon dies. True to character, his son Rehoboam becomes King but refuses to recognise that the King is only a King if he is able to serve his people.
Dateline: 1 Kings 12:20, the people called Jeroboam who was a prominent leader at this time, and without any debate made him King over the nation of Israel, leaving Rehoboam with the nation of Judah which comprised the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
Psalm 49: 20 “Man that is in honour and understands it not, is like the beasts that perish”. Clearly, somehow, Jeroboam forgets that. He was just walking in the fields one day when the Prophet showed up and declared that God had decided to honour him. Instead of taking the time and making the effort to understand the honour he had received… he began to scheme on how to maintain his lot. If he had taken the time, he would have realised that Psalm 16:5 says; “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup: thou maintainest my lot”.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
If only Jeroboam remembered to ask God or the Prophet; to what end? He would have handled and treated his place with more honour. Every time you come across a fresh revelation of how God has honoured you; the first thing to do will be to try and understand why? Usually, it is so that God can get the glory and sort out a number of destinies along the line… but until we understand the specifics of the
WHY… just like Jeroboam, we may not recognise that God has a higher stake in it than we do.
Jeroboam forgot that only God could maintain his lot, so in 1 Kings 12:26, he decided to try and maintain his lot within his own power. He said in his heart… we always say in our heart before we act out what it is we are thinking. By verse 28, Jeroboam had erected two calves of gold in Bethel for the people of the nation of Israel to worship rather than go up to the temple in Jerusalem to worship God!
Dateline: 1 Kings 13:1; a Prophet shows up as Jeroboam burned incense to his new found God…
Dateline: 1 Kings 14:1-20; Jeroboam’s son Abijah falls sick and by verse 20, everything Jeroboam was, was wiped off the face of the earth in twenty two years… this is the Jeroboam that God had honoured!
I started from here so we will all know that yes, God’s transactions with us are always to honour us; but, we have a responsibility to ensure that this honour manifests and remains; and there is a way to transact honourably; that we are honoured and given authority by God doesn’t give us license to abuse order and structure.
SO HOW DO WE TRANSACT HONOURABLY
- Be Diligent -Proverbs 10:4; “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. – The servant with the single talent in Matthew 25 as compared with the other two is a great example. The master honoured them by putting a gift in their hands… it was up to them to either work it out or bury it. Question; what do you have? What has God honoured you with? Work it out according to the tenets of the agreement. Everything God gives us we are meant to trade with and gather a harvest with…
- Luke 19:1-5–Hunger and thirst for what God brings. Zaccheus knew that all the wealth he had gathered didn’t guarantee him a place in the Kingdom; he quickly realised that a personal relationship did.
- You must ‘See’: Elisha had to see Elijah taken up. 2 Kings 2:9-10. To be able to work in the anointing, honour and authority that God has given, we must SEE. What do you see? Remember that just like Jeroboam, Elisha was about his business when Elijah showed up and threw his mantle upon him. From that point, Elisha had to work out his place. He left all that he had, eliminated every form of distraction, and served Elijah by pouring water on his hands. Eventually, because he saw Elijah taken up; he received a double portion of the anointing upon him.
- Dorcas: Acts 9:36-42; Use your Gift. Dorcas was what today we will call a very unfortunate woman. She was a widow and had no children. Everyone would have thought that she was not honoured by God in any way. But Dorcas had a gift; she was compassionate and she had great housekeeping skills. So rather than wait, and become the project of the town, she made them her project. One day she dies, and the people throng to Peter and demand that he does something about her death. She took her place by making her gifts available to her community; she took her place by making herself so useful; she came close to being indispensable.
- Gideon: Judges 6:11-8:35. Answered the Call for his potential. Gideon took his place by stepping up to the most uncomfortable responsibility that God put upon him. Even though he didn’t think he had what it took; he partnered with God; allowing himself to be stretched and eventually he delivered on the destiny that he carried.
- Abraham, Jephtha, Noah, Jonah…
Sonship is a transaction for our benefit and for the glory of God. It is a responsibility that we have to prove to God that He didn’t waste his resources; sonship is so that we can lead others to The Way and help them remain there; sonship is so we can make the world a better place for others and put God on display; sonship is to invade the earth with the culture of the Kingdom.
God has honoured us, bestowed us with authority and given us the gift of sonship so we can partner with him to push kingdom values, principles and culture.
Until we begin to use that authority, honour, and appointment to bring glory to his name, we are like the man who is in honour but doesn’t understand it.
Until we can recognise or see why we have been honoured, and we align with that purpose… we are most likely to waste God’s resources upon us