by PamFord Davis
6/06/2011 / Devotionals
It is not easy to make your way to the top of the ladder, but staying there is often a bigger challenge. My husband Norm and I worked for many years in the competitive business of radio. High ratings were the key to success, and Norm as programming director knew how to build a loyal following. He blended current hits with oldies and added promotions and contests. Supportive El Dorado listeners got involved and the ratings books revealed we were a solid #1. Both audiences and programmers want something fresh and gradually popularity wanes.
Old Testament leaders did not start at the top. David tended dirty sheep with a staff, long before he bore the burden of his nation upon the throne. God exalted His chosen to places of authority; Prophets repeatedly reminded them to be faithful to God's covenant, most were wicked and fell from power. " Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over my people Israel, and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you-yet you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart (1 Kings 14: 7b-8a NAS)."
God exalted Jeroboam to the lofty position as King; He was justified when bringing him down. Jeroboam had the opportunity to lead the nation in worship of Jehovah; he instead worshiped lifeless idols and turned his back on the Lord. "Moreover, the Lord will raise up for Himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam this day and from now on (1 Kings 14:14 NAS)." What goes up must come down; God exalted Jeroboam and God humbled him. He is still in charge of hiring and firing. Radio stations often cleaned house and management replaced the entire staff. God swept out the house of Jeroboam! (Verse 10)
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, also in Mary HollingsworthÃ¢s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
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