When David was a very old man and close to death, his son Adonijah thought that he should be Israel’s next leader and take his father’s place. However, the king had already decided that Solomon, his tenth son and the child of Bathsheba, would be his successor. Nevertheless, Adonijah usurped the throne and quickly gathered a group of officials around him to crown him king and throw him a coronation party. Hearing of this, Bathsheba alerted the prophet Nathan, and the two of them went to the ailing David and told him of his son’s deception. Upon learning about Adonijah’s scheme, the king quickly called for Solomon — he crowned him, put him on a donkey, and rode him through the Kidron Valley to the temple. As the crowds cheered, the people hailed their new leader, and God’s plan prevailed. Once Solomon was officially king, his brother was humiliated, stripped of his self-appointed power, and forced to repent. You see, whenever someone assumes authority that doesn’t rightfully belong to them, God has the final say. Though people may prosper through deceptive means, He knows the motives of the heart, and He promises to bring everything devised in darkness into His glorious light.
My friend, as King David said in Psalm 37, “Do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes,” because doing so only leads to evil. While you live in a fallen and unfair world, the truth is that you serve a good and righteous God. Nothing escapes His notice, and He promises to take care of your enemies as you faithfully look to Him. Even if you’re forced to endure injustice, consider it an honor to suffer for His sake, and trust Him to fix things behind the scenes.