Scripture:

1 Kings 1:12-13 "Now then, let me advise you how you can save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. Go in to King David and say to him, ‘My lord the king, did you not swear to me your servant: “Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’

 

Observation:

It is a time of relative peace for the nation of Israel. King David has had a long, successful, and prosperous reign as king. He has promised his wife, Bathsheba, that their son Solomon would be king after him. However, he has grown old and has slowly retreated from public life and in this vacuum, near the end of his life, his son Adonijah has declared himself king to the people without his knowledge or consent.

Adonijah, up to this point, has been collecting supporters and chariots assuming that he is the heir apparent. One of the chief priests and the commander of the army under King David have all come out to support his claim to the throne. Adonijah declares himself king at a royal banquet that he throws in which all his brothers are invited…except Solomon.

Adonijah’s actions speak very clearly in this family that has had a long history of conflict and violence. Solomon’s days are numbered. Once Adonijah has cemented his hold on the throne, he will eliminate Solomon. At this moment in time, when Solomon appears most vulnerable, Nathan the prophet advises Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, that she must go to King David if they are to be saved.

When David learns of all that has happened he immediately gives instructions for Solomon to be anointed king, ride before the people on the King’s own donkey, and to take his seat upon David’s throne to be declared King. No one can gainsay the decree of the true King.

 

Application:

How do I normally respond to push back from the world? I don’t need to worry or struggle. I just need to remind myself and remind the situation of what God has declared. God has spoken specific promises to me, and general promises to all of us, regarding the lives we are supposed to have in the Kingdom of God.

Like Solomon, I too am a son of the King. Like Solomon, I too have been called to rule and reign over my family, my territory. And just like Solomon, I too face usurpers to the throne that actively try to prevent me from taking my place, operating in the authority and blessing that God has promised.

The forces that come against me are impressive and, at many times, have appeared overwhelming, but I have to push through those appearances and get in front of the Lord so that He can remind me of who He is and who I am, just like David did for Solomon in verse 30: "I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”

I need to constantly let God remind me that I am a victor in Him. All the circumstances and forces in the world cannot undermine who I am in Him. So, today, if life seems to slide sideways on me, I will remember that regardless of the challenge, I work for the King and He has declared how my life should go. My situation or challenge does not have authority over me.

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