Reading Plan: 1 Kings 9; 2 Chron. 8
1 Kings 9:4-9 (NASB)
4 “As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,
5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
6 “But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them,
7 then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
8 “And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, ‘Why has the LORD done this to this land and to this house?’
9 “And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the LORD has brought all this adversity on them.'”
Disobedience to God is a choice. The Israelites had a choice to either walk with God and be blessed or walk away from God and be cursed. Sadly, in the next generation the Israelites turn away from God. In the years to come, the Kings who would honor God would be few and many would take the path to adversity.
Today we all have a choice: walk apart from God or remain at His side. I am fervently praying that we all choose the latter!