"You shall not go up or fight against your brethren... for this thing is from Me." 2 Chronicles 11: 4
Providing for Good
The battle between good and evil is for the occupation of the mind. The contrasting actions of Rehoboam and Jeroboam illustrate the orientation of an individual who will provide for service either to God or to Satan. The study of the Word of God, coupled with prayer and meditation constitute the erection of defences against the inroad of evil in our lives, and will make for the faithful worship and service of the God of Heaven. Anything else is really making provision for the Devil - as Jeroboam did.
A word of caution: don't waste time trying to learn the ploys of the Devil (thinking that therein lies your safety), because surely when you think you have him figured out one way, he has a thousand other ways to get at you. Spend time instead in the Word of God. If you know the truth, the truth will make you free and will be a sure defence.
Remember: We Always Have a Choice
Why did God, knowing what Jeroboam was up to, refuse to allow Rehoboam to reclaim Israel? I believe He simply did not wish to force Himself on the people. The Levites and others who came across to Judah represent those who will always make God their choice. As it was in Eden, and on Carmel, God always wants people to know that they have a choice. So in every age, in every situation the call always goes out, "Choose you this day whom you will serve." May the response from each of us to this charge be, "As for me and, my house, we will serve the Lord." Amen.
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