"Some Good" is Enough for Him to Show Up
Every day that I read scriptures, I get something out of them I never intend to receive. I always annotate my analysis (for a lack of better word) but never share them, even when I’m feeling called to share them. I always say, “One day…” but never do. I guess that ends today...
Today’s message is from 1 Kings 14:13 (KJV) and it reads, “And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”
This scripture is referencing to Jeroboam’s sick child that he sent to see the prophet Ahijah in Shiloh. This is the same prophet that told Jeroboam he would be ruler over the people of Israel. So, he sent his wife in disguised with his child because he didn’t want the prophet Ahijah to know she was his wife. Jeroboam wasn’t living in the ways of the Lord and had created false gods and images in Israel. The Lord was very upset with Jeroboam. The Lord spoke to the prophet Ahijah and warned him of Jeroboam’s wife coming to him disguised as another woman and His plans for Jeroboam. The prophet Ahijah told her what the Lord told him about His plans for Jeroboam, all of Israel and the child (1 Kings 14:7-16). The scripture I wrote above is significant because the Lord planned to punish Jeroboam and all of Israel, even by which their corpses were treated after their deaths, but excluded the treatment of the child’s corpse upon his death. Even at His angriest, He is mindful of the “good” within you towards Him. This is a story I have yet to hear any church give a sermon on and I wish they would.
I am amazed at how if God finds “some good” towards Him within any individual, regardless of their actions, environment, history or relation to people or situations, they will STILL be placed at rest, properly. He still takes care of the individual.
Reading this made me think about how I strive to be at my best most days and still fall short. Yet, “some good” in me towards Him keeps God showing up for me. “Some good” leads me to believe in Him even more. “Some good” fuels me to be better and expect better, even when I can’t physically or mentally map out how better will come to me. “Some good” keeps me spiritually devoted to God and all that He has created me to do.
Like anyone else, I have plenty of bad days but my mindset is what gets me through them. I don’t sulk or drown myself with negativity (I’ve did that in the past and it led me to depression and anger issues I’m still working through). On my bad days, I am very intentional about what I think, see, read, watch and who I engage with in conversation (physically and virtually). I make sure that I expose myself to positivity or things that will conjure a productive response out of me. I do this in hopes of clearing any blockages I’m experiencing on those days. When I am intentional about these particular things, I see spiritual and mental growth in me that I couldn’t have received doing anything else. My only explanation for this growth is that the bulk of my actions are reliant on living in The Spirit and walking by faith.
Everything that I do, especially on my bad days, is contingent on The Spirit, listening to what it tells me to do, how it pushes me to move. I literally do nothing but what I am called to do. I say nothing unless I am called to speak. It requires a great deal of commitment and trusting in the Lord to be all that He said He is and what He’s shown Himself to be in my life.
I think about David’s song of deliverance before the Lord and his last words in 2 Samuel 22-23. The same realization prevails, God is an active God that holds up His end of the covenant while requiring very little of us, only to have “some good.”
You are built this way, too! I hope you will come to know that there’s not an imperfection or flaw within you strong enough to keep God from showing up for you just the same. Remember that He’s not expecting you to be perfect, only to see “some good” in you.
Just in case you’re in need of more spiritual encouragement today, Leviticus 26 is a passage I find myself rereading when I’ve faced too many lows in a day or when I need a reminder of what I am soughing by following the Lord and obeying His commands.
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