We’re tracking the kings of the south this week and we’re up to Rehoboam’s son Abijam.
Abijam began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam's reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah, the daughter of Absalom. He committed the same sins as his father before him, and he was not faithful to the LORD his God, as his ancestor David had been.
(1 Kings 15:1-3 NLT)
Abijam won’t be remembered. His rule will only last three years. The only thing that the Scripture writers felt were noteworthy about his life was that he continued to sin against God like his father. Then, he was compared to his Great-Grandfather: David.
But for David's sake, the LORD his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp, and He gave Abijam a son to rule after him in Jerusalem. For David had done what was pleasing in the LORD's sight and had obeyed the LORD's commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite.
(1 Kings 15:4-5 NLT)
The Scripture writers make it clear that a walk together with God can take wrong turns, encounter roadblocks, and get slowed down (or even stopped) by potholes. But, when we stay on God’s path, the road is much smoother and we enjoy the benefits and blessings that come from walking together with God.
How about you? Do you have times in your life when you encountered wrong turns, roadblocks, or potholes? Do you have times when you were choosing to travel with God? Do you see the difference?