Read 2 Chronicles 11
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 11:2-4- But the Lord said to Shemaiah, the man of God, “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not fight against your relatives. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!’” So they obeyed the message of the Lord and did not fight against Jeroboam.
Observations- The kingdom of Israel was now to be split with a southern kingdom and and northern kingdom. This wasn't what God longed for in His best plans; rather it was what the people chose in their disobedience and failure to honor the covenant He had made with the people. The chose to do what was right in their own eyes and ignore God's special calling for their life together.
Application- Jeroboam of the northern kingdom known as Israel kicked the faithful priests out and chose idol worship instead. Rather than having Rehoboam attack from the south God let them go their separate ways. Some fights aren't worth having. Lot and Abram separated rather than keep fighting over the same land. Paul and Barnabas separated over a secondary, but painful argument in Acts 15:39a: "Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated." We have to ask ourselves before engaging in battle...is this a fight I'm clear God wants me to have? If it is a battle worth having (and some are!), how exactly does God want me to fight it? We always have to carefully discern the best way forward for Jesus' church in the midst of disagreements and difficulties we face. Sometimes it's best to leave the battlefield.
Prayer- O Lord, thank You for Who You are and that I have the privilege of belonging to You. Help me discern battles that are worth having and battles that are not worth engaging. Give me Your wisdom to know the difference and the courage to use the the right weapons of Your Spirit. Let Your Church be rooted in Your Word, renewed by Your Holy Spirit, and reaching out to all people with the love of Jesus in all situations. Amen.
"Finally Abram said to Lot, 'Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives!'" (Genesis 13:8),
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