But for David’s sake, the LORD his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp… – 1 Kings 15:4a
Abijah the grandson of Solomon now sat atop the throne of Judah, the southern kingdom. The nation had been divided by God because of Solomon’s unfaithfulness to him. The passage tells us, though, that God allowed Rehoboam and Abijah to have sons to rule after them to continue the promise he made to David, that a descendant would rule over Israel forever.
What has God done for others because of you? Have you lived such a life of faithfulness and devotion to the God of the universe that he chose to bless others for your sake? What an honor! However, we’re not here to seek vain glory because God won’t share his glory with anyone. He will share his love for us by giving to others. It’s a selfless love that gives and gives. In fact, his love is so great that he stands by his word even though it may bring displeasure to him through the recipients of that love. For you see, God loved David enough to honor his word about establishing his dynasty despite the fact that he knew beforehand that all of David’s heirs minus a few of the Judean kings would turn against him. The only heir to sit atop the throne of David forever will be the one and only Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man.
Father, I am in awe of the love you bestow upon us. You don’t have to love us like you do, but you do so anyway. I sit and see the wonder of your love in fulfilling your promise to David despite what his heirs did. You are truly amazing. I can’t begin to describe the height, depth, or width of your love! It’s too wonderful for human expression by word but not so in deed. May my life be as pleasing to you as was David’s devotion to you. I praise you and love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.