Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Fool's Gold

February 8

 "And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, ..."  1 Kings 14:27








"We ... are generally bereft of the obvious and apparent power of CHRIST.







Righteousness is the avaunt garde of our inherited riches in CHRIST, sin their spoiler.  "Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, HE against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in HIS ways, neither were they obedient unto HIS law." 

The 300 golden shields King Solomon had made held a combined worth of $13,000,000. give or take, in today's dollars.  The greater loss however, was symbolic, that is, what the shields represented ...  and that being the blessing and power of GOD upon Israel.  Decadence had driven Rehoboam to squander all that his father Solomon had left him.  He tragically, and in short order, prodigal-ized an entire nation's wealth and power through riotous living (cf. 1 Kings 14:22-24).  Thus GOD sent a spoiler named Shishak, and the rest is history.  Israel, to this day, has yet to regain what Rehoboam forfeited in his sin.  "Lo, this is the man that made not GOD his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness."  

Have we, in our Christian lives, become lax in temple guard?  Are we, through willful sin, allowing the robbers to plunder the gold of HIS grace in our lives?  The painful truth regarding these questions for many a child of GOD is: Yes.  But more obtuse than that is the smug arrogance rampant in today's church which fashions cheap imitations of the real blessing of GOD.  We as modern day Christians, both real and perceived, are generally bereft of the obvious and apparent power of CHRIST.  Our response though, has not been humble repentance, but a grand opening of the Brasen Shield and Brass Works Factory.  It is sad but true that we are working overtime in the tragic and busy attempt to pass off our brass of flesh as the gold of GOD ... and beloved, no one is buying, except us; and that compounding our bankruptcy of these said blessings.

Let us pray that the LORD opens our eyes: 

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you ..."

For Love of Country
James Gillespie Blaine (1830 - 1893)
(U. S. Secretary of State)
"No proverb ever supplanted the patience of Job or the wisdom of Solomon ... Moses has never been surpassed in statesmanship."

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