Sunday, May 9, 2010

Don't Get Caught Slippin

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah son of Baasha became king of Israel, and he reigned in Tirzah two years.

Zimri, one of his officials, who had command of half his chariots, plotted against him. Elah was in Tirzah at the time, getting drunk in the home of Arza, the man in charge of the palace at Tirzah. Zimri came in, struck him down and killed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah. Then he succeeded him as king. - 1 Kings 16: 8-10

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 16-18; Luke 22: 47-71

It’s interesting to look at the reign of some of these kings. When you see the short duration it’s like come on man… you know you weren’t supposed to sit on that throne.

But hold up a minute… maybe that’s not true.

Maybe it’s not that complicated. Maybe dude just squandered his opportunity. That Reeeeeeally sucks man. Dude drunk his way into getting snuffed out. So what are we supposed to learn here? How can the tenure of this man help us today?

The moral of the story here… Don’t get caught slippin’.

Yep that’s right. Don’t get caught slippin’. When you achieve your dream and reach the heights that you didn’t think were possible, it is so easy to get caught slippin’.


Because it is hard to prepare for a lifestyle that you never dreamed possible.

That’s why it is really important to have certain standards by which we live our lives. That’s why it is important to base our lives on good values and morals. And for me, that’s why it is important to have God at the center of my life. God is the secure foundation upon which I can build my dreams.

But what if we do slip? That’s ok right? After all no one is perfect…

Yes we can be forgiven. Yes we have grace. But sometimes there is a cost to slippin’.

Hopefully when we fall we will have the opportunity to get back up. Elah didn’t have that chance… but then again, I bet that wasn’t the first time he took a sip from that cup.


  1. Haha! Good one! I believe God gives us reprieve each time we slip up. Thankfully! Now some of our fellow woman and man kind, weeeell, you know what they say about crabs in a barrel. It's those with this mentality that are just waiting for you "to slip" to promptly step in where you stood. And God will come in only to make sure you're alright, not push anyone out of the space you held. God gives us what we want and need, it's up to us to hang on to it.

    Thanks CM.:-)

  2. Great one! Key to remember that if/when we fall, God is always there to catch us, never deserting us, always one step ahead of us... therefore we have no excuses but to get back up and try again...

  3. Reading this one again, I have another thought, we must stand in a place of appreciation, even in the face of the "unknown". We can lose all that we are to ego and fear. Or, forgetting that nothing is owed to us and everything can be taken, including our minds!


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