Bad News!

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1 Kings 14:6 So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news.”


Jeroboam, one of Israel’s elders and warriors, had been chosen by God to lead the ten northern tribes after they had split away from King Rehoboam because of his foolish choice to listen to the young men of Israel as opposed to Solomon’s elders. However, after his appointment, Jeroboam turned to the foreign gods of the world and worshipped them. His son lay dying, and he told his wife to disguise herself and inquire of the prophet Ahijah and find out what the fate of their sick son would be. The Lord told Ahijah everything that was about to happen. As Jeroboam’s disguised wife was approaching his front door, the old blind prophet said, “Come in wife of Jeroboam why are you wearing a disguise. I have Bad News for you. Your son will die the moment your feet return to your home.” The prophecy came to pass as the old blind man said it would.


None of us ever want to hear “Bad News.” Yet it happens to all of us. In our lives we hear good news, and we hear Bad News, it’s just the way life goes. But there is some “Bad News” that we can avoid. In this story, Jeroboam had been set up by God to lead the ten northern tribes of Israel and be blessed, just as King David had been blessed of God to lead all of Israel. That was the will of God (1 Kings 14:8). However, once Jeroboam became the leader, he did a complete one-eighty and began to lead like any other heathen king. He became known for idol worship and the making of idols. What am I saying? All of us want to stay away from Bad News. However, a lot of Bad News we encounter is brought on by our own willful, rebellious choices. Today, let’s decide together to follow the Lord wholeheartedly and stay away from “Bad News.”


Dear Jesus, This AM, I realize that there are times when bad things happen to all people. But I don’t want to be the reason “Bad News” should come my way. Help me to follow you wholeheartedly in all I do. Amen