Downfall: Divided Families

“I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.” 1 Kings 14:8

 

There is a story about a king who sends his military out to defend the Kingdom. A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting.”How are we faring?” asks the king. “Sire,” replies the knight, “I have been robbing and pillaging on your behalf all day, burning the towns of your enemies in the west.” “What?!” shrieks the king.  “I don’t have any enemies to the west!”
“Oh, no…” says the knight.  “Well, you do now.”

 
It is easy to have divided kingdom’s and divided families. Misunderstandings happen. Bad communication can contribute to the problem. It is hard to maintain unity. In today’s scripture passage, division is occurring in the nation of Israel. Selfishness, pride, and sin are all at the root of the division. This passage reminds us to be careful. We must always be vigilant to watch out for division. Today’s Scripture reminds us that following God with all our heart leads us to building the kingdom of God rather than dividing it. This week reflect on how the Reign of God heals strife in your own life.
 
In Christ’s Service, 
 
Pastor Paul