Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 11:1-23. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 11:4 (NIV)
4 ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers. 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.
On verses 1-4: King Rehoboam had a very spotty reign as king of Israel. He is best known for failing to heed his elders’ advice at the beginning of his reign and as a result losing the entire kingdom of Israel (except for the lands of Judah and Benjamin) to Jeroboam. But in verses 1 to 23, we see some good things that Rehoboam did as king. Let’s take a look starting with verses 1-4. Here Rehoboam is about to go to war against Israel to regain the kingdom that he lost. But the Lord speaks through the prophet Shemaiah, warning Rehoboam against going to war and encouraging Rehoboam to surrender his plans to God. Rehoboam and his troops obey the Lord’s words, and thus save themselves from unnecessary losses and embarrassment.
What can we learn from this? Before waging war against someone, or making an important decision, seek the Lord’s advice and heed His warnings. You are always better off following the Lord’s advice on any matter.