Mini-Rebellions

Then the LORD raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. 1 Kings 11:14

In a previous verse, the LORD had specifically forbidden Solomon to follow after other Gods. Solomon made no mistake about what he was doing. He was explicitly rebelling against God. So God’s response was to rip the kingdom out of his hands and given over to one of Solomon’s underlings. Solomon’s actions are blatant rebellion. Evidently he was so enmeshed in worshipping other gods that pleasing God no longer mattered to him.

I think many of us can relate to Solomon to varying degrees. Normally we come to our senses but not always. We want our way and we want it now. But as in previous verses, the change away from God can be subtle and in increments. We’ve got to guard our hearts against mini-rebellions against God (Proverbs 4:23). What do I mean by mini-rebellions? It’s when we refuse to obey God’s word when we know what is right, when we dishonor him throughout the day, when we are more concerned about what others think than what God thinks. When we say in our hearts, “I want to control my life,” that’s a mini-rebellion (that can outright turn into a full rebellion).

As the Scripture says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

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