Word for the World – September 24

Fooling Nobody But Ourselves

“Now the Lord had said to Ahijah, ‘Behold, the wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you concerning her son, for he is sick. You shall say thus and thus to her, for it will be when she arrives that she will pretend to be another woman.’”  (1 Kings 14:5)

King Jeroboam of Israel had a sick son and desperately wanted a positive word from the Prophet of the Lord, Ahijah.  Knowing that Ahijah was not likely to pronounce something good on Jeroboam’s family because of the extreme wickedness Jeroboam had brought to Israel, the King suggested that his wife disguise herself.  Because Ahijah was old and nearly blind, surely he would not notice.

However, God isn’t old and blind!

The Lord revealed to Ahijah the whole scheme, and the first words of Ahijah to the disguised woman were “Welcome, Mrs. Jeroboam.  Why are you disguised?” 

How many times do we disguise ourselves, thinking no one will notice?  We do not normally use clothing, make-up, and hair styles as the disguise, but we disguise our attitudes and actions to cover-up the real motives.  The Scripture says “do not be deceived, God is not mocked.”  We may fool others, but we have not fooled God.  And, at the end of the day, we may have a hard time living with ourselves.

As one poet said:

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White

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