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Courage to wait

Jeroboam thought to himself: “The kingdom will return to David’s house … and they will kill me.” (1 Kings 12:26, 27)

We know that God can do amazing things. Yet often, when God promises something and we see it coming about, we begin to doubt, or we grow anxious. Like Peter walking on water, we forget to keep our eyes on Jesus and focus on the wind and the waves instead.

Jeroboam finds himself in a situation like this in the reading in 1 Kings. At the end of the previous chapter, God had promised to make Jeroboam like David, establishing a dynasty for him over the nation of Israel. What a shock for this official of King Solomon: God had chosen him to succeed his master! After he flees to Egypt and Solomon dies, Jeroboam does in fact find himself back in Israel and established as king, just as God had promised.

But here is where the trouble begins. With the Temple in Jerusalem and Jerusalem controlled by Rehoboam, Jeroboam begins to fear that the people’s connection to the Temple will cause him to lose his kingdom. This is of course irrational, since it was God that gave Jeroboam the kingdom in the first place. Nevertheless, he decides that he needs to take matters into his own hands instead of waiting on God to fulfill his promises. And the results are disastrous.

Consider the promises that you have received from the Lord—certainly the promise of forgiveness, the promise of heaven, the promise of new life in him. You may also be trusting him for help with your marriage or family relationships or a job situation. In all of these situations, God has a long-term plan for your good, but it requires you to wait on him. Waiting brings doubt and can be scary, and it brings with it the temptation to try to get things to happen your way.

Jeroboam didn’t go back to God with his fears and doubts. Don’t make the same mistake! God stands ready to reassure you of his faithfulness so that you can continue trusting him to bring his promises to their glorious fulfillment. Go to him, and let him renew you in your journey of trust and hope.

“Lord, give me the faith and courage to wait on you for all the wonderful things you have promised.”

Psalm 106:6-7, 19-22; Mark 8:1-10

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