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DOES GOD HAVE MY VERY BEST?
Intro: Ill. The historical
context of this passage. When Solomon
died, he left a kingdom that was filled with splendor, power and the presence
of God. When he died, he left his
kingdom to his son Rehoboam. Unlike his
father Solomon, Rehoboam was a very foolish and wicked man. He refused to acknowledge the good pf the
As you study of the life of Rehoboam, you quickly learn that his life is a lesson in privilege, pride and the judgment of God. One of the main problems with Rehoboam was that he simply refused to give God his absolute best. As a result, Rehoboam and his people paid a terribly high price.
just want to remind you that God is worthy of our very best. Look at
Today, I want to take a look at the life of King Rehoboam. I want to point out some problems in Rehoboam’s life that prove he was giving God less than his very best. As we look at this wayward king and see the shortcomings that marked his life, I want you to look at your own life today. I want you to ask yourself this question: Does God Have My Very Best? I think you would agree with me that God deserves the best that we can give to Him. I think you would also agree that He often receives far less from your life and mine. Let’s see about changing that today. Let’s notice the problems that marked the life of Rehoboam.
A. Verse one is a real eye-opener regarding the character of this man named Rehoboam. We are told that he operated in pride; that he disregarded the Word of God, and that he led others astray from God as well. The problem that affected Rehoboam was a problem in the heart. He believed that neither he, nor his nation, needed the Lord; the Lord’s directions; or the Lord’s involvement! He seems to be saying, “Thanks for bringing me this far Lord. I think I can handle it from here.
B. This is the perfect example of a life that God cannot bless nor use for His glory! God is looking for people who are the exact opposite of Rehoboam. He is looking for people who:
their dependence upon Him
to walk in obedience to Him
to see others come to know the Lord Matt.
C. Are you giving God your very best in the area of your character?
II. v. 2-9 THE PROBLEM OF HIS CHASTISEMENT
These verses tell us that the transgressions of Rehoboam result in the
chastisement of the Lord upon him and his people. Rehoboam and
it interesting to compare verse 9
What we learn here is that a life that must be chastened by God is a life that cannot be blessed by God. Because he would not walk in the will of God, Rehoboam was guilty of giving God less than his best.
When God saved you and me, He did so to deliver us from our sins, Rom. 6:7. He did it to make us a new creature, 2 Cor. 5:17. He did it to transform us into children of
when you are His child and you refuse to walk in His will; He will not hesitate
to send chastisement into your life, Rev.
3:19; Heb. 12:5-11. Just as He did
C. If God has to send chastisement into your life, then it is clear that He does not have your very best! Examine your life right now: Is God blessing you or does He have to discipline your life?
III. v. 1-14 THE PROBLEM OF HIS CONFUSION
A. Watching Rehoboam is like watching a schizophrenic squirrel running here and there. In verse 1, he walks away from the Lord. In verse 6, he repents. In verse 12, he humbles himself. In verse 14 we are told that “he did evil.” This is a picture of a life that is up and down; in and out; hot and cold; and on and off. It is the picture of a confused person who does not have a clear direction or focus in his life. Again, this is a person who is giving God less than his very best.
That same kind of confusion often characterizes our own lives. We are up and down. We are hot and cold. We are on fire today and cold as a hammer
tomorrow. Paul seems to describe the
dilemma we all face in
God is looking for stability in your life and mine, Eph. 4:11-16. God is looking for people who will sell out to Him totally. He is looking for people who are tired of the rollercoaster and who want to live a stable, focused life for His glory. Thank God, there is victory in Jesus for those who will look to Him for the help they need, 1 Cor. 15:57; 1 Cor. 10:13.
C. Look at your life right now. Is it stable and constantly growing closer to the Lord? Or, is it filled with stops, starts, reversals, etc. Does He have your very best; or is it one step forward and two steps back?
IV. v. 9-11 THE PROBLEM OF HIS COMPROMISES
We are told that Shishak and the Egyptians took the three hundred
shields that Solomon had made back in 2
Chron. 9:15-16. These shields
weighed three pounds each. These shields
were worth $21,000.00 each in today’s gold prices. All three hundred of them were worth some 6.3
million dollars. These shields hung in
the king’s palace. 2 Chron. 9:16 and
they were taken down by the king’s guard when he went to the
When the shields are taken, Rehoboam commissions the metal workers to fashion three hundred new shields of brass. When polished, these brass shields would gleam like gold, but when the king passed between the rows of these shields, he knew and the guards knew that they were inferior and that they were poor substitute for the missing shields of gold.
Gold spoke of power, prosperity and glory. It was expensive and hard to acquire. Gold was tempered and durable. Gold never had to be polished, for it was
pure and did not tarnish. It was a
symbol of deity and it spoke of the glory and presence of God in the midst of
Brass, or bronze, is not pure. It is an alloy of copper and zinc. It is far cheaper; far easier to acquire and far more common than gold. Unlike gold, brass must be polished constantly because it tends to tarnish. Whereas gold was tempered and durable, brass was cheap and flimsy.
Instead of facing the people of
D. Before we come down too hard on King Rehoboam, perhaps we need to examine our own hearts for a moment. I would submit to you that we are often guilty of giving God brass instead of gold. We offer Him and inferior substitute for our very best. How do we do this? There are several ways. (Note: The phrase “Instead of… We are guilty of offering God some “instead of things as well.)
1. When we operate in human effort instead of divine power That is pride and we are often guilty of acting and living like we do not need God or His help.
2. When we live carnal lives instead of committed lives When we run with the world; live like the world; talk, walk and act like the world; dress like the world; seek our entertainment in the world; etc; we are offering God brass instead of gold.
3. When we live in compromise instead of total commitment When we do less than our best for God, we are compromising His standards of excellence and we are guilty of giving Him brass for gold. No preacher should ever come into this pulpit unless he is filled with the Spirit and prepared to preach! No teacher should take their place before their class unless they have prepared both heart and mind for the task of teaching.
4. When we are satisfied with the substitute instead of the genuine When we accept the substitutes this world offers in place of Gods presence and power in our church, we are living a compromised live. And that is giving God brass for gold!
5. When we offer up excuses instead of humble obedience When we say, Well, I would do this or that but… you are offering God brass in place of your gold. You are offering Him less than your best!
6. When we try to keep up appearances instead of humbling ourselves before the Lord in repentance When we know we are not where the lord wants us to be with Him; and we pretend all is well, we are giving Him brass for gold.
E. Does God really have your very best? Does He have the real gold of your true devotion, or the fool’s gold of your “instead of devotion? Does God have your very best? Or, does He have less than your best?
Conc: Brass or gold? Which best describes your life today? Is you life pure, worthwhile and precious? Or is it a cheap alloy, where the spiritual is mingled with the fleshly, until both are mode worthless? Be honest with yourself and with your God today: Does God have your very best? Or does He have your cheap imitation of the best? If there are needs, the place to have them taken care of is at His feet.