Have you ever been on a trip that seems to go from bad to worse? That’s what’s happening to Rehoboam on his “trip” as king of Judah (The Southern Kingdom).
In the fifth year of King Rehoboam's reign, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem.
(1 Kings 14:25 NLT)
To be sure, some of Rehoboam’s problems are self-inflicted. The people of Judah turned away from The LORD under the leadership of Rehoboam. The problems they started facing as a result of false-god worship were self-inflicted. This, however, takes things from bad to worse. Now they are being attacked from the outside. Egypt is closing in.
He ransacked the treasuries of the LORD's Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.
(1 Kings 14:26 NLT)
At Life Bridge, this is roughly equivalent to someone attacking and stealing the coffee bar. How can we have worship services without a coffee bar?!? Now, even true-God worship is being messed up for the people of Judah (South). The glory days of king Solomon are definitely gone.
King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace. Whenever the king went to the Temple of the LORD, the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.
(1 Kings 14:27-28 NLT)
How about you? Have you ever encountered roadblocks on your trips? Have you ever encountered roadblocks (inhibitors from the outside) in your walk with God? Did these roadblocks succeed in stopping your worship, or did you find another way to continue walking together with God?