Rebuke Me, Please!
“Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, ‘I will be king’; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him” (1 Kings 1.5 NKJV).
It seems that King David had a little problem rebuking his sons. After Absalom tried to take his father’s throne, Adonijah (Absalom’s younger brother and David’s oldest living son) declares that he will take the throne. The Bible says that King David never once corrected his son’s behavior (1 Kings 1.6). Adonijah did what the flesh constantly desires to do: exalt itself. Adonijah was very good looking, and he was next in line (according to the world’s standard) to be king; so it was easy for him to justify his motives for power and self-glory. However, one word from his father could have prevented the mass chaos, heartache and death that transpired from Adonijah’s unsanctioned decisions. Rebuking others is uncomfortable and difficult because we ourselves are imperfect; but as outsiders, we can have a clearer perspective untainted by emotions that could prevent chaos, heartache and death (sin) in someone else’s life. If the Holy Spirit is prompting us to intercede, we need to get over our discomfort and fear and say the truth no matter how it hurts. Pride punctures easily; and once it deflates after the initial sting, a humble perspective is gained. Moreover, as Christ-followers, we must achieve a healthy habit of allowing people to burst our bubbles every so often. We can gratefully receive every rebuke done in love because we know that only God is to be exalted. In the end, we will save ourselves a lot of trouble by accepting criticism from people we trust.
“A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool” (Proverbs 17.10 NLT).