2 Chronicles 21
Focus Verse: To this day Edom has been in rebellion against Judah. Libnah revolted at the same time, because Jehoram had forsaken the Lord, the God of his ancestors. (10)
When Solomon was king, the Bible says that God gave him rest or peace on every side. He had no enemies and all went well for him. When Jehoshaphat and Asa, Jehoram’s father and grandfather, were kings, they also had peace from adversaries; and the few times they did have to go to war, they were victorious. But Jehoram did not have peace during his short rule as king because he did not follow God. He forsook God, so God forsook him.
2 Chronicles 19
Focus Verse: Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you. (2)
In chapter 18 of 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat was there when Micaiah predicted that Ahab, the king of Israel, would not be victorious in battle against Ramoth Gilead. Even though he knew that God was not with Ahab and that going into battle would result in Ahab’s death, Jehoshaphat still partnered with him. It is not wise for us to go against God’s will and neither is it wise for us to help those who are going against God’s will. However, God remembered all the good that Jehoshaphat had done and remembered that his heart was set on seeking Him; He did not punish him forever and did not destroy him completely because of this one mistake.
As for Jehoshaphat, he did not get bitter over God’s punishment. He continued following God. The remainder of chapter 19 tells how he urged the people he ruled to turn to the Lord and do what is right. When we face punishment from God over our sins, we should remember that even His wrath comes wrapped in love.
2 Chronicles 17
Focus Verse: But sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. (4)
Because Jehoshaphat sought and followed God instead of going after false gods, God blessed him with great wealth and honor.
God is ready, willing and fully able to fight our battles; but are we too busy for Him to do so? He does not need us to help Him. He only needs us to be still.
2 Chronicles 15
Focus Verse: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (7)
Asa was doing the right thing. God sent Azariah to encourage him to continue doing the right thing. If we are wholeheartedly following God, it will not be easy, but God does not want us to give up. He wants us to be strong and take courage. In the end, our good work will be rewarded. What we do for the Lord is not done in vain.
We are not orphans, but children; not strangers, but sisters and brothers; not aliens, but citizens. We belong to God’s family.
2 Chronicles 13
Focus Verse: The Israelites were subdued on that occasion, and the people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors. (18)
Because Abijah and the people of Judah had not forsaken the Lord, they were confident that He would fight for them and give them the victory over Jeroboam and the Israelites. Jeroboam’s army had 400,000 more men than Abijah’s army, but they were still defeated because they failed to realize that one (or a few) with God are a majority. It is useless for humans to fight against God.
2 Chronicles 10
Focus Verse: He followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” (14)
We can be thankful that the God we serve is the direct opposite of human beings. When the weary and burdened Israelites came to Rehoboam, he had no compassion. But when weary and burdened sinners come to Jesus, He eases our yokes and lightens our burdens. We serve a gentle and humble King who is more than happy to bring rest to our restless souls.
Throughout history, ruler after ruler has thought that heavy-handed force, nonstop work and hard-and-fast rules would win them the affection and loyalty of their people. They thought that building on a foundation of hate and oppression would cause their kingdom to last forever. They were wrong. Napoléon Bonaparte said, “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.”
Kindness still rules. Love is always greater.
2 Chronicles 7
Focus Verse: The Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. (12)
Many years ago, God heard the prayer of Solomon. Today, He hears your prayer too. His eyes are open and aware of your needs, wants, hopes and dreams. His ears are attentive to your requests and praise.