King Solomon, his son Rehoboam, and Solomon’s servant Jeroboam all deviated from God’s commandments. The 12 tribes were divided. Jeroboam had ten and Rehoboam had one. Judah and Benjamin were combined.
1 Kings 13 has always been a sad chapter for me. God sent a man to prophesy over the altar that Jeroboam had built that caused all of Israel to sin. Verse 2 says, “…Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.”
That prophecy was fulfilled in 2 Kings 23:16. Josiah was eight years old when he became king. He was Manasseh’s grandson. 2 Kings 22:2 says, “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.”
That is exactly what Proverbs 4:27 is telling us, “Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.” 1 Samuel 12:21 says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.”
The man that God had sent deviated from what he was commanded to do and lost his life. The fruit of disobedience yields devastating consequences. Let us be like Jesus and set our face to do as the Lord called us.
Anything that we do in our own understanding, our own strength, or seeking counsel from the ungodly is deviation. Psalm 5 was written by David. Verse 8 is one of my prayer verses. It says, “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face.”
Verse 12 reveals one of the fruits of obedience. It says, “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” To disobey or to obey is a heart choice.