Reading: 1 Kings 15:1-16:28
Summary: The next kings of Judah are Abijam, Asa, and Jehoshaphat while the kings of Israel are Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri.
It should be remembered that in Judah all of the kings remain in the ancestral line of David, but in Israel there are multiple dynasties. Baasha, Zimri, and Omri all represent new lines of kings in the North. Assassination is the typical initiation for each new ruling family.
What’s Your Story?
So, what is your story?
No, not what are the facts and details of your life up to this point in time; that’s one thing. The story you tell (mostly to yourself) from those events is what I’m talking about. “Aren’t those the same thing?” you ask. No, they are not.
Remember, it’s not what happens to you that’s important, but rather your attitude about those things. So what attitudes have you developed based on the events of your life? Two people can experience the exact same circumstances and emerge with vastly different outlooks.
Think about how David is described in reference to king Abijam, “David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:5; see also 9:4; 14:8).
Could the story of David be framed differently than that? Of course it could. David could be described in much different terms. He could be viewed in a very dark, negative light. But this is God’s view of him.
Human nature seems to tend toward the negative. We see ourselves in a poor light. We fail to appreciate the value and the worth and highlight the mistakes, weaknesses and failures instead.
In the end we are quite condemning of ourselves. When “our heart condemns us” we should remember that “God is greater than our heart and he knows everything” (1 John 3:20). In other words, we should see ourselves as God sees us.
Chances are, God’s story about us is much better than our own.