Have you ever been given advice you just didn’t want to hear? Perhaps the advice made you irritated, frustrated, and evoked conviction. Deep down you knew it was good advice, but you just wanted to do things your own way.
At this time is scripture, Jeroboam is the king of Israel, but instead of being a righteous king who followed and worshipped God, he worshipped idols and pagan gods. He had two golden calves made, built pagan shrines, and formed his own religious festival. God sees these detestable acts and sends a man of God from Judah to warn him and give him godly advice. The man of God went to Jeroboam and warned him of the severe consequences that would come if he did not turn to the one true God. Unfortunately, instead of listening to the advice, Jeroboam rejects the man of God and demands he is captured. Instantly, his hand is paralyzed and his pagan altar begins to crack and ashes begin to pour from it.
Jeroboam was given a second chance to repent and turn to God. His hand may have been restored, but he never turned from his evil ways, which resulted in “the utter destruction of Jeroboam’s dynasty from the face of the earth.” v. 33
God longs to be with us and is quick to forgive us when we mess up. However, it requires action on our part. When we truly repent and turn from our sins, God is so gracious to forgive us each and every time. It is up to us whether we turn from our sinful ways and completely submit to the one true God. When God convicts us of our sin, perhaps through another godly person, my prayer is that we would remember Jeroboam, and seek forgiveness before utter destruction takes over our lives.