Wednesday, May 10th
Devotional written by Stephen Millage, Director of Elementary Ministries
VALIDATION AND RECOGNITION
Rehoboam’s decision to double the workload of the people of Israel was motivated by his pride and his desire to prove himself as a strong and powerful king. He wanted the people to see him as a great leader and to validate his position as king. How difficult it must have been to follow in the footsteps of his father, King Solomon. And how often is this true of our own lives? We often decide to find validation and recognition from those around us, usually those of our own age.
However, Rehoboam’s actions had the opposite effect. Instead of earning the respect and admiration of the people, he caused them to rebel and ultimately led to the division of the kingdom. His desire for validation and recognition ultimately led to his downfall as well.
As “young” people, we often seek validation and recognition from our peers, parents, and even God. However, we must remember that true validation and recognition come from God alone. We do not need to prove ourselves to others or seek their approval. Our worth and value come from the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross with His life. God was willing to give us His only Son, Jesus, which means our validation and worth are found in Jesus alone.
Reflection: When seeking wisdom, go to God first. Then to others: first to those that have gone before you and then to those alongside you.