“For She is Right in My Eyes”
“And they said to him, ‘If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever’” 1 Kings 12:7. There’s an age-old question about whether it’s better to come from the world to obey the gospel later in life or to “grow up in the church” and be somewhat sheltered from the world. The answer is neither … and both! The real answer is that each person must develop a faith of their own. The first group may never seek for truth at all, being comfortable in the world, but if they escape the world to obey the gospel, often their conversion sticks. The second group may remain comfortable in the shadow of another’s faith and fall away when confronted by the lures of the world. David was a “man of war” who trusted in God as he fought for God’s kingdom. His son, Solomon, began well, but by the end of his forty years found his heart drawn away by the world. Reheboam grew up in these later years, and wanting to make a name for himself, spurned his father’s advisors to listen to those who told him what he wanted to hear. Not searching for God himself, he began a long decline for God’s kingdom.