People-Pleasing

The Reading for Today: 1 Kings 13—14

God-fearing to people pleasing—this is what happens when God’s people split in two. It is the story of mostly evil kings. Even the account of the “man of God” in chapter 13 reminds us of what can happen when we are not careful about the company we keep.

Evil at the top as well as at the grass roots have the two nations turn away from the Lord. Look at how God’s people treat the Lord after all that God has done! God brought them from slavery to freedom. How tragic—just after the Temple is built, it is emptied as the people leave and worship idols elsewhere.

How strong are your resolves to live in the Temple of the Lord’s risen body?

The Reading for Today


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This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.

One thought on “People-Pleasing

  1. Consequences.
    Every action has a consequence. Even in the laws of physics you will find that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction,” in other words a consequence. Jeroboam and Rehoboam both did great evil and not only publicly and proudly turned their back on God, they broke the greatest commandments and led their people to do the same. They and their people suffered terrible consequences.

    The man of God in this scripture disobeyed God’s commands. The consequence was that he paid with his life. Yet the Lord did not forget him, did not allow his body to be desecrated.

    We too experience consequences, although through forgiveness we have been spared much of what we deserve. No, not all of the evil and disasters experienced in this world are a result of the actions of the people who live or die because of them. However, they are often the consequence of choices others have made. Do you think of God, his children (all people), and his creation when you make decisions? Do I? How horrific would it be if others lived or died with the consequences of our wrong choices! In all things pray and praise God. He is our guide and if we invite him in he will help us make decisions that please him, decisions with positive, even wonderful, consequences.

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