“The king then took an oath: ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, I will surely carry out today what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.’” (I Kings 1: 29-30)(NIV).
“A Kingdom Conspiracy”
David lies dying. And as one of the most colorful characters in all Biblical history – one whose life is marked by actions both suspect and inspired – he is confronted with one last dilemma. Adonijah has set himself up as king of Israel, without regard for David’s (and God’s) intention to pass the title to Solomon. In the last power struggle of David’s life, we’re presented with a vivid illustration of faith in action: which son will get the throne? In even his proclamation of Solomon’s intended leadership, David’s acknowledgement is of God – who has “delivered [him] out of every trouble.” It is his intention to pass the torch to someone who will act like him; perhaps, even better than him – a man utterly committed to the Kingdom.
In his final charge to Solomon, he admonishes, “[B]e strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel’” (I Kings 2:2-5)(emphasis mine). We see in this passage the glimmer of a New Testament reminder: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17)(NIV).
If we believe in the Kingdom of God, we will act toward its fulfillment. If we believe in God, we will act in obedience. If we believe, we will act. For a genuine belief cannot spur anything but associated action. The message of God’s Word is far too compelling for anything else.
Those of us who have “bought in” to the great message of salvation, to the conspiracy of a cosmic love story, ought to live like we believe it.
Do I believe? Yes. Are my actions consistent with this belief? Yes…mostly. But sometimes, like Adonijah, Joab and Abiathar, I do what suits me, what meets my fleshly desires, regardless of what I know to be the Lord’s intended direction. I can only imagine how it feels to our Heavenly Father to watch His children profess His name on Sunday, and live the rest of the week like they’re the kids of someone else.
Heavenly Father, I believe in Your great love story – of the fascinating, magnetic promise you made to love us beyond death. Let me LIVE like I believe it! May my actions evidence an unshaken commitment to your kingdom, and the wondrous “conspiracy” of salvation for all mankind. I love you Father. Amen.