Forsaking the Recipe

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2 Chronicles 12:1 “And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.”

I love chocolate chip cookies. My wife makes the best chocolate chip cookies of anyone who has made them. She knows the exact amount of ingredients to put into the batch of cookies and how long to cook them for them to be the perfect cookie that I like. However, imagine if my wife decided to change the recipe to try something different; that cookie that I like so much would no longer have the taste that I have grown to like. It would be foolish on her behalf to change something that already works.

Rehoboam made this classic mistake that so many have made in that when he “had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.” What established Rehoboam was doing right and obeying the LORD. Yet, like many others, he forsook the very recipe that brought him success for another recipe that he had never tried and a recipe that had never brought success. Let me give you three thoughts that should bring warning before considering forsaking the recipe that brought success.

First, success is not permission to do what you want to do. Just because you have had success doesn't give you are right to live any way you want to live and do anything you want to do. God demands obedience to the successful just as much as He demands obedience to those who have yet to experience success. To change the recipe that brought success is to guarantee failure. Many business people have started experiencing success in their business only to stop being faithful to church. Many who are experiencing success in their business ventures quit serving God only to find that they may continue to experience success in business, but they have added heartache and sorrow by teaching their children to live in the world. My friend, whatever level of success you have experienced in your ministry, life, or business is not permission to leave the recipe that brought success.

Second, if you want to see continued success, you must keep replicating the recipe that brought success. All my wife has to do to give me the chocolate chip cookies that I like is to copy the recipe that she followed before. Likewise, all you have to do to continue seeing the success that doing right has caused is to keep doing what you did to bring success. My dad used to say to me, “Son, don't fix what isn’t broken.” Oh, how true those words are that my dad spoke to me. Many have tried to fix what isn’t broken in the Christian walk only to leave the recipe that brought success. Instead of trying to fix what you think is wrong in the recipe, you would be wise to keep doing what brought success in the first place.

Third, whenever you change the recipe, you always cause those who started following you to go astray with you. One of the saddest statements in the verse above is when it says that Rehoboam forsook the LORD “and all Israel with him.” Success always causes people to follow you, and when you choose to forsake the recipe of success, you always bring those who follow you to the failed attempt of another recipe. Before you forsake the recipe, consider all of those who are following you and how you are gambling with their life to try a new recipe. The best thing you could do is not to forsake the recipe, but keep replicating the recipe so that those who follow you will continue to enjoy the results of God’s recipe for blessings.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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