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 11
Focus Verse: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.'” So they obeyed the words of the Lord and turned back from marching against Jeroboam. (4)
How easy it is to mistake God’s doing for man’s doing.
2 Chronicles 12
Focus Verse: Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some good in Judah. (12)
In the first verse of this chapter, we read that as soon as Rehoboam became strong and was established as king, he forgot God. He was not like his grandfather, David, who was faithful to the Lord until his death. Verse 14 says Rehoboam “did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.” If we do not firmly make up our minds that we are going to seek the Lord and follow Him with all our hearts (come what may), we will be easily distracted and led astray.
Now back to our focus verse. When Rehoboam did repent of his evil actions, God forgave him. He had mercy on him and did not totally destroy him or his kingdom. Because God is good it is not hard for Him to find good in every situation. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God still saw some good in His creation. When the earth was corrupt and everyone did whatever they wanted, God found good in one righteous man called Noah and his family. In the awfully wicked cities of Sodom on Gomorrah, God found good in Abraham’s nephew, Lot. No matter how bad a person is and no matter how dark a situation may seem, do not despair; some good is bound to be found there.
2 Corinthians 3
Focus Verse: Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. (5)
We may have the ability to do many things successfully and/or efficiently; however, our competence should not make us glory in ourselves. Our competence comes from God. If we successfully share the Gospel with an unbeliever or if we effectively encourage our youth group to stay focused on Jesus, we do not give ourselves a pat on the back. Instead, we give praise to God.