Devotion: DISCOVERING JESUS IN CHRONICLES- IT’S NOT IN US
DECEMBER 11, 2018
SCRIPTURE: "And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him." 2 Chronicles 12:1 KJV
A THOUGHT TO PONDER:
It doesn't take long once prosperity sets in. As soon as we become affluent, advanced in learning, or achieve a degree of significance in the human economy of greatness, we cast God aside. The cycle is quite predictable. For a brief time, Rehoboam held onto God, His Word, and His directives. Once the kingdom was established under His reign and the treasury was full, prayers ceased, pleasure began, and he forsook the "law of the Lord". The worse part of this passage is the last clause: "and all Israel with him." Doesn't it seem from history and our current times, we have difficulty standing when everyone else is going the wrong way? The Bible doesn't mince words. Israel did not abandon God in sections or by tribes. 'All' is not a word we can parse. It means every or the sum total. Sadly, the majority liked the leadership style and emphasis of Rehoboam's neglect of God and Biblical principles. There's not a record of an uprising to return to God, but a mass exodus away from God.
God pleaded and appealed to them to return. But they loved pleasure more than Him. The Apostle Paul reminds us, even in our times, that it is not in us to live uprightly, righteously, or holy without Christ. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13). When you are doing what is right, pure, noble, righteous, and true, don't get excited, it is isn't you, it is Jesus working it out in you. Just say: "Thank you Jesus!"
"Yet notwithstanding the perversity of those who leaned toward idolatrous practices, God in mercy would do everything in His power to save the divided kingdom from utter ruin. And as the years rolled on and His purpose concerning Israel seemed to be utterly thwarted by the devices of men inspired by satanic agencies, He still manifested His beneficent designs through the captivity and restoration of the chosen nation. PK 96.2
The rending of the kingdom was but the beginning of a wonderful history, wherein are revealed the long-sufferance and tender mercy of God. From the crucible of affliction through which they were to pass because of hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, those whom God was seeking to purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works, were finally to acknowledge: "There is none like unto Thee, O Lord, Thou art great, and Thy name is great in might. Who would not fear Thee, O king of nations? Among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto Thee." "The Lord is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting King." (Jeremiah 10:6, 7, 10).
Prophets and Kings, p. 97
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