2 Chronicles 12:7-8: When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: "Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.  They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands."

Sometimes the cost of serving God can seem high! You might look around and see others enjoying a morning of golf while you take your family to worship! Every tax season, there is a small voice in in the back of my mind that looks at what we give to God and thinks: “What else could we have done with those resources?”

However, I’ve learned there is a cost to serving “Other Kings” as well! The other day, I sat down with a highly successful businessman who after a lifetime of flirting with pornography became addicted. This addiction cost him his career and marriage. That is a high cost! I know another man who worked so hard and traveled so much for work that this “king” cost him his relationship with his wife and kids! 

 In 2 Chronicles 12, the people of Israel rejected God and did not want to follow his leadership. As a result, they we taken over by a foreign king who reminded them the cost of following God is always better than serving other kings. Who are you serving today? Consider the great cost of serving other kings. 

God Bless,