Pastor Tim Romero
2 Chronicles 11:2-4
2 Chronicles 11:2–4 (ESV): "2 But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God: 3 "Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, 4 'Thus says the Lord, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives. Return every man to his home, for this thing is from me.' " So they listened to the word of the Lord and returned and did not go against Jeroboam."
Before you go to war it's important to evaluate who you are fighting against. To our surprise sometimes those we are preparing to wage war against are actually God's ordained servants who are at work to accomplish His will. That, my friends, is a futile task.
After Rehoboam withstood Jeroboam and the people of Israel at Shechem, the king returned to Jerusalem and prepared for war against the insubordinate. God sent the prophet Shemaiah to the king and told him not to go up against his relatives because they were actually at work to accomplish His will. The kingdom of Israel was to be divided. You see, during the reign of Solomon the nation prospered but it had succumbed to moral decay. You recall Solomon went off the rails himself morally taking on hundreds of foreign wives and seeking after their gods (1 Kg 11:9-13). Solomon's son Rehoboam became arrogant and prideful and was not caring for the people as he should so for these reasons God divided Israel into two kingdoms. It wasn't Jeroboam who tried to create a revolution but it was the sinfulness of Solomon and his son Rehoboam that caused the people's heart to turn away from them. The southern kingdom of Judah would consist of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and the northern kingdoms called Israel the other ten tribes. Thus it was pointless for King Rehoboam to fight against this for it was God-ordained.
God gives and God takes away, but blessed be the name of the Lord! He knows what He is up to in every situation and although it might make no sense to us as to why God would ordain division in the nation of Israel or why He would allow divisions in the body of Christ in the form of all kinds of denominations, what we know is that God is good! Let us not kick against the goads and try and fight against our relatives in the body of Christ for they are commissioned by God. Call out false teachers but be careful not to further divide the body because you don't like how others believe. May we major on the majors, that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified, that He alone is the way to the Father, that it's by His death and resurrection alone we are saved! Anything else is really in-fighting and will only damage the name of Jesus. Know who you are waging war against before you enter the battle, Christian. It might save you some trouble.
Father, we thank You that although we don't understand much of what You do, all that You do is right and always meant for our good. Protect us from fighting against things that You are doing. We may never understand it but give us discernment to know if what we are facing is You at work or the enemy. Let us follow Your Spirit and surrender to Your will. Help us as the body of Christ to be one, as Jesus prayed. May we not tear each other down but work diligently to build each other up for Your glory and honor we pray in Jesus' name, amen.