Adonijah thought he was the obvious heir to the throne so he stated what he believed, “I will be king” (1 Kings 1:5).
On what evidence did Adonijah base his claim?
- All of his friends said he would make a great king
- His father (the king) had always given him everything he wanted
- He was handsome and popular
- A couple members of the king’s court supported him
- No one had ever told him “no”
While all of this sounded good, Adonijah overlooked some vital points. Like…
- …more men backed his brother Solomon to be king than backed him
- …his father had the decisive and definitive say in who would be king, and he chose Solomon
- …God had chosen Solomon to be king
It’s tempting for us to read the popular sentiment of the moment, or to listen to the cheering voices around us, or even to think that our plans are wise and well thought-out. But this is NOT the right way to make a decision.
Instead, we need to humbly consider three things that are external:
- The unbiased, wise counsel of others
- The buy-in of key stakeholders
- God’s clear “yes”
If these three things are in alignment, you cannot go wrong!