1 Kings 13:33-14:18
Because Jeroboam continued to sin, God made his son sick. Jeroboam asked his wife to disguise herself and go to Shiloh to see Ahijah, the Prophet that had told Jeroboam he would be King of Israel. He told her to take an offering and Ahijah would tell her what would happen to the child.
Now Ahijah had lost his eyesight in his old age and could not see Jeroboam’s wife, but God had told him she was coming. So, as soon as she arrived, he asked her why she was disguised. Ahijah then proceeded to tell her that God had given Jeroboam an opportunity to serve Him as king. God had even taken the people from David’s descendants but Jeroboam blew it!! Because Jeroboam had sinned by introducing idols, the kingdom would be taken from his descendants as well and his son would die. Actually the Bible says by letting the son die now, God was recognizing some good in the son and sparing him from the horrible things that were going to come later. Ahijah went on to prophecy that the people of Israel would be taken from their land and punished for the idolatry that Jeroboam started.
When Jeroboam’s wife returned home, the son died. He was buried and all Israel mourned.
Have you ever though something bad might be a blessing in disguise? Well this passage tells us that, while Jeroboam’s son was going to die, this was a better fate than everyone else. We don’t always understand what happens in our lives, but God’s word promises He has good for us. So the next time something that seems bad happens, stop and think about what God could be protecting you from. God sees a much bigger picture than we do and He really can be trusted!
Have one person come up with an occurrence that sounds bad (flat tire). Then brainstorm things it could save you from (bad accident, dog running in front of you, etc.).