“She replied, ‘My lord, you made a vow before the Lord your God when you said to me,’ ‘Your son Solomon will surely be the next king and will sit on my throne.’ ” 1 Kings 1:17 NLT
When King David was very old, Adonijah the son of one of his wives, Haggith, made a decision based on his feelings of entitlement and schemed with his cohorts to crown himself the next King of Israel. Realizing that his father was nearing death, Adonijah seized the opportunity to gather those who were loyal to him and secretly planned a ceremony appointing himself as the next King.
Although succession to the throne was determined by the reigning King, Adonijah possessed a spirit of rebellion against God and refused to live accordingly. “Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time…” 1Kings 1:6. Adonijah’s vanity was boldly displayed when he flaunted his takeover to the people of the city with chariots, animal sacrifices and most of the royal officials to celebrate his claim to the throne.
Even though Adonijah excluded those who were loyal to King David, God proved that He is still in control. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. Luke 8:17 NLT.
For every deceitful plot, God always has human eyes and ears to be in the right place at the right time to see and hear the secret and wicked schemes against the Chosen of God. “Then Nathan went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, and asked her, “Haven’t you heard that Haggith’s son, Adonijah, has made himself king, and our lord David doesn’t even know about it? 1 Kings 1:11 NLT. Nathan the prophet admonished Bathsheba to immediately approach her husband, King David, if she valued her life and the life of her son, Solomon.
As customary, in the royal house, a wife lived in a separate court from her husband; face-to-face communication did not occur unless she was summoned by the King or until she sent a request and received permission to visit, to act in any other manner was a sign of contempt and disrespect which could be punishable by death. Bathsheba exercised unwavering faith when she followed the advice of Nathan the prophet to visit her husband without permission and because of her obedience, she was readily accepted by David. “Bathsheba bowed down before the king. ‘What can I do for you?’ he asked her. 1 Kings 1:16 NLT. It was God who allowed Bathsheba to receive the King’s immediate favor.
As we continue to read chapter 1, God’s plan for Israel is revealed: Solomon the son of David and Bathsheba was to rule as King and David appointed the rightful successor, Solomon as the next Ruler. When Adonijah and his supporters received news that his brother was anointed and named King they feared for their lives; however, God works according to his plan, it was not the appointed time for the enemies to be destroyed, Solomon who was a God-fearing man spared the life of his brother and those who participated in the conspiracy to overtake the throne.
When we experience false accusations or persecution in our lives because of our belief in God, we have a powerful God who will fight our battles and we will have the victory. Fear not!
For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV
Even when we are at fault due to our sinful spirit of rebellion, and we are the reason for our downfall, as long as we confess and pray for forgiveness, God will intervene on our behalf. Yes, we may have to endure the consequences of our sinful actions; but we must not feel forsaken, God is long-suffering and extends His love to us although we are undeserving of His grace and mercies.
Bible Reading: 1Kings chapters 1 and 2
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for the times that we have possessed a spirit of rebellion against you and your precepts. We pray for your Divine intervention and blessing upon our lives to faithfully obey and wait for you to solve our problems and fight our battles in this life. We ask for wisdom as we seek knowledge by studying your Word. Thank you for the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus that we may have Eternal life. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019