Conflict of Kings, Part 9: Jeroboam's Stubborness; Abijah's Moment

Pastor Evan Brown continues in the series, “Conflict of the Kings.”  In 1 King’s 13, King Jeroboam’s fear turns into stubbornness and pride.  Although God was faithful and confirmed His word through a miraculous sign, Jeroboam went back to his manipulative ways.  In 2 Chronicles 13, Jeroboam's large army was defeated by King Abijah's small army through God's intervention. Yet after the battle, Abijah failed to dismantle the golden calf, and he continued to usher God’s people into sin.   From these passages, we learn that there is vulnerability in trusting in the Lord. And yet, we should not be fooled by the momentary success of a path that is not of God.  How is God trying to get our attention?   Are we creating a cloud of confusion around us, or a path of clarity? Are we manipulating people, or are we leading them in God’s way? Our influence, whether it is good or bad, has a significant affect on others.