There comes a time when the weight of justice will force the door of mercy shut, and we must face the consequences of our sinful ways. Of course, our longsuffering God will use every just means available to secure our salvation. But if we wantonly persist in our evil ways, we'll have to face their due consequences.
It appears that God's allowing Abijah to die (the meaning of Abijah being, Jehovah is my Father) would serve as a removal of the cloak of pretence that Jeroboam wore, even as he blatantly disregarded God through his idolatrous ways. God sees through our pretences - a point perfectly illustrated in that part of the story where Jeroboam's wife sought to dress in a manner that would disguise her. We are so bare before the Lord that even a blind prophet of His can see through our charade.
|Camouflage is often used by creatures in nature, so too do we seek to sometimes deceive others by disguising ourselves.|
Father in Heaven, in our dire state of nakedness we come to You in full acknowledgement of Your sovereignty. Indeed You are worthy of all our worship, adoration, and praise. We offer all to You today. We also acknowledge our sins before You and beseech that You tame our wandering hearts. May we become true temples of the Holy Spirit - not so much that we can escape the consequences of our sins, but that as our Creator God, You may get the satisfaction of having made us, having sustained, having redeemed. The sincere desire of our hearts is to "show forth the praise of Him who has called us out of darkness, into His marvellous light." 1 Pet. 2: 9. All this we humbly do in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, amen.
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