Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 12
But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the LORD, and all Israel followed him in this sin. (2 Chronicles 12:1 NLT)
Then the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The LORD is right in doing this to us!” (2 Chronicles 12:6 NLT)
Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt “ firmly established and strong”? Maybe you took inventory of your life and saw that you were doing well financially, your family was healthy and happy and you felt that you couldn’t be more successful at your job. Everything seemed to be going perfectly. That’s when we are most vulnerable to the sin of pride and self-sufficiency. Just like Rehoboam, when we have success we can see ourselves as being responsible and be more inclined to “abandon the law of the Lord”. When we do that we miss the fact that it is God who supplies us with the blessings and gifts we need to be “firmly established”. When we turn from God those blessings often times go away and are replaced with trials and discipline from God to get us back to where we need to be.
After Rehoboam turned from God God brought an army to take them over and to humble the people. We see in verse 6 that is exactly what happened. Rehoboam and the people of Israel humbled themselves and accepted the discipline God had sent their way. God decided to lessen the punishment in His mercy toward them because they humbled themselves.
When we face trials and discipline from God this is the appropriate response for us. We should accept what God sends us and understand that it is for our good, to bring us to repentance and back in a right relationship with God. When we humble ourselves before God we allow His discipline to change us and teach us.
So next time you feel like you are doing great, remember how you got there and who has allowed to to get there. If you have already given into the pride of self-sufficiency know that God is going to bring things in your life to help you correct this. If you have or are going though this discipline now remember your proper response is humility and acceptance.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd