MAKE SURE GOD AGREES WITH YOUR PLAN
"Amen: Jehovah, the God of my lord the king say so too" 1 Kings 1:36
As the days of David ran out, trouble arose in the kingdom through his son Adonijah. A remarkable statement is made concerning the training, or lack of training, of this man, which throws light on his action: "His father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so?'" He now sought to secure the kingdom for himself and was joined in his rebellion by Joab and Abiathar. David took prompt action, and Solomon was crowned king. When David gave his instructions to his loyal men, he said concerning Solomon: “I have appointed him to be prince over Israel and over. Judah." To this Benaiah replied: "Amen: Jehovah, the God of my lord the king say so too"; thus showing himself to be a man understanding the matters which are of real importance. This should be not only the prayer we pray in connection with all the arrangements we make for our service, but the principle upon which we act in making those arrangements (John 13:13). In this case it certainly was so, for it was within the Divine purpose (predetermined in the plan from before the foundation of the world) (Eph. 1:11) that Solomon should succeed David. According to Nathan, there were of the people who had already said, "Long live king Adonijah!" Now others of them would say, "Long live king Solomon!” In these words Benaiah appealed to the Divine answer. His "Amen" signified his personal agreement; but he knew the importance of the Divine approval. No elections are really valid, and no choices of any lasting value, except the Lord say so too! His plan was made before the foundation of the earth with the other two members of the Godhead and will not be obstructed by the bad decisions of men (Eph. 1:11).