I KINGS 11:38: “And if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did, I will be with you and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: God is no respecter of persons. His grace is available to all. His promises are extended to all who believe, who walk by grace through faith. The same promise that the Lord gave to Saul, He gave to David, and then to Solomon, and now He is giving it to Jeroboam. Jeroboam was not in the lineage of David, yet he was given the same promise. It is a promise that is received through faith. As Paul says in Romans 4:16 – “That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” (ESV)
So how did they all fare in this call to faith? Saul did not walk according to the commandments of the Lord and he was rejected. David walked according to the commandments of the Lord, fell into sin, sincerely repented, was restored and accepted, following the Lord faithfully till his death. Solomon excelled in every way, began his reign following the commandments of the Lord, but turned from them at the end of his life, did not repent, and was rejected. Jeroboam would also begin his reign over the Northern Tribes by following the Lord, then turn from His commands, and be rejected. The promise that was given was the same to all, yet only one of the four entered into the promise.
There is a relationship between faith and works that cannot be missed. All began with faith, but only one finished with works that validated his faith. Although faith is a gift, it is a gift that must be invested. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God for – “…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV) And James exhort us – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:22, 25 ESV)
Jesus spoke of the parable of the sower. It was only one out of the four that brought forth fruit. It was the one who planted the seed into the good ground. The other three all had the same opportunity, but they did not finish well. So many times we focus on the reasons why the other’s seed did not grow. Yet, the key is to focus on why the fourth entered into fruitfulness. It was because he not only heard the Word and believed, but he put the Word into practice. The promise is realized in the life of those who embrace God’s Word through faith and engage their faith through obedience. Obedience is the fruit and evidence of sincere faith.
Lord, help me to be a doer of Your Word and not a hearer only. As David prayed, search me and know me Oh Lord, and see if there is any wicked way within me. Give me grace and mercy to turn from anything that will hinder me from entering into Your Promise. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to walk in faith and obedience by grace through faith. Help me to finish well! In Jesus Name!