Afraid of Losing What God Has Given

How often are we afraid of losing what God has given us?  We think as though we are in control of his gifts.  I read a passage this morning that spoke to me on this matter.  It's about a man who took things into his own hands, because he couldn't believe the promises of God.  He was afraid what God had promised would be taken away from him.  His name is Jeroboam; history knows him as Jeroboam the First of Israel.

When King Solomon turned away from whole hearted devotion to the LORD, enemies were raised up against him, including this man named Jeroboam.  He was an industrious young man that Solomon put in charge of forced labor in Israel.  During that time a prophet told him that he would rule over ten tribes of Israel.  When Solomon got wind of this he wanted to kill Jeroboam, so Jeroboam fled to Egypt for a time.  (1 Kings 11)

When Solomon died, and the people were not happy with his son Rehoboam, Jeroboam returned to Israel and was made king of the northern tribes. (1 Kings 12)  Unfortunately when Jeroboam had established himself as king, he was afraid the kingdom would be lost. 

And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David.  If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the temple of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn again to their lord, to Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.”  So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold.  And he said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough.  Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
1 Kings 12:26-28 (ESV)

God promised the kingdom to him, but he could not trust the promise, so he took things in his own hands, and that's when his trouble began.  What gifts do you have from God?  Trust him with those gifts; honor him with them.  If they are taken away, it will be for his glory.  And as a church, what gifts has God given us?  Are we afraid that we might lose them?  God is faithful and we can trust him.