1Kings 14:27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house.
Under Solomon’s leadership, at least at the beginning, God had greatly blessed the nation of Israel. Now things have changed. Solomon had made shields of gold for his guards. The enemy has come in and stolen those shields.
King Rehoboam has to keep up appearances so he makes shields of brass to take their place. After all he wouldnâ€™t want anyone to think that God wasnâ€™t blessing like He was before. Brass can look as good as gold from a distance, I guess.
This brings the question to all of us. Are we substituting real holiness for external, artificial, standards? Are we playing spiritual games to make people think that we are something that we are not? Do you think that lost people can see through our games and substitutions?
I want to take today to examine myself and be sure that I am who I say that I am. I want to be sure that my “be,” or who I really am on the inside lines up with my “do” and “serve” that I show to the public. Am I the genuine article or am I just a look alike?
No one can answer that question but you and the Holy Spirit. Don’t settle for substitutes. God Himself wants you to enjoy all that he has for you. You can today really, personally, enjoy His great power and blessings in your life. You can have victory over sin and discouragement. You can even in a failing economy be rich in your walk with God.