Old Testament In a Year: July 3 – 1 Kings 14, 15

1 Kings 14, 15
Focus Verse: Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem. – 1 Kings 15:4

Because of David’s obedience to God, those who came after him were each blessed in some way. Even though many of David’s descendants were disobedient to God, they still experienced God’s blessings on their lives due to David’s obedience. 1 Kings 15:3 says that David’s heart was wholly true to the Lord his God. And 1 Kings 15:5 says that David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

David was by no means perfect, but God looks at a person’s heart and it was always the desire of David’s heart to love, fear, trust, obey, and worship God. Because of his heart’s desire, he was blessed, and those who descended from him were also blessed.

Compare David’s life of obedience to Jeroboam’s life of disobedience. 1 Kings 15:25-32 tells of how the entire family of Jeroboam was killed because of “the sins of Jeroboam that he sinned and that he made Israel to sin.” Not one person of Jeroboam’s house was left alive. Because of Jeroboam’s disobedience to God, those who came after him were not blessed.

Your obedience or disobedience to God does not only affect you, but can also affect those around you. So, be aware of how what you do today will affect others tomorrow, for better or for worse.

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