Jeroboam’s wife did so. She got up and went [twenty miles] to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, because his eyes were dim from old age. And the Lord said to Ahijah, “Behold, the [b]wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you about her son, because he is sick. You shall say such and such to her, for when she arrives, she will pretend to be another woman.” – 1 Kings 14:4-5
In his desperation, “Jeroboam” attempted to manipulate a prophet of the Lord in hopes of receiving a favorable message about his ill son. Ahijah’s physical eyesight was poor, but his spiritual sight was keen. He saw right through Jeroboam’s deception.
Down through the ages, people have tried to use God and not be used by Him. From the politician that invokes God’s name to amass votes, to the pauper that feigns godliness to extort money from people, humans have imagined that they can use God to their personal advantage. Jeroboam thought he could use God but was taught the invariable lesson that “God is not mocked.” Can anyone hide something from the omniscient God? God is too mighty to be used by ordinary worm like man. He deserves our utmost worship. Only spiritual rebirth through repentance and faith in Christ qualifies us to properly relate with God and be used of Him. – Deeper Christian Life Ministries
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone in leadership who needs prayer as they seem to be making poor choices and are not responding to efforts to cause them to correct them. – David Colburn
As serious Christians, we must treat God with the reverence and honour that He deserves. There is no room for running after idols, whether they are hunks of metal, statues of saints, or living preachers, teachers and worship bands. The Church today is filled with many idols. God wants our hearts. Like Jeroboam, many leaders in the Church today are encouraging God’s people to chase after idols, and the people are following their example without even questioning the wisdom of their advice. If you lead, then you’d better be leading people to worship God and God alone. If you follow, then you’d better be following the Holy Spirit. Reverence is serious business. – Anna Diehl
While Peter was thoughtfully considering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Now listen, three men are looking for you. Get up, go downstairs and go with them without hesitating or doubting, because I have sent them Myself.” – Acts 10:19-20