Getting off track is so easy. Jeroboam had received the Lord’s approval to lead the rest of Israel. He was given his own city from which to rule and he was set as a King of Israel.
His first act as King was to bring back the sins of the past. All these years after the freedom from Egypt, and they still have the Egyptian gods in their heart. The Golden Calf was the god of Egypt. But, this is the image that Jeroboam chooses. He sets up his own priests and his own holy days. He intentionally ignores the feast times that God had already established.
Jeroboam took a blessing and made it a curse! You should be on guard to ensure that you do not corrupt a blessing. If God has blessed you with a new job, don’t undermine it by poor performance. If God has blessed you with a spouse, don’t destroy the relationship by carelessly handling it.
God starts us out with a blessing. We determine whether or not it will remain a blessing.
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Kings 14:1-15:24; Acts 10:1-23; Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 17:7-8