When God Speaks 

2 Chronicles 11:4
“Thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not go up or fight against your brethren! Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me.’  Therefore they obeyed the words of the Lord, and turned back from attacking Jeroboam.”

“Thus says The Lord” is a very common phrase in scripture. All in all, it is used over four hundred times. We find God speaking to priests,  prophets, kings and commoners. It becomes very clear that the problem is rarely with God being silent, and is more often with man refusing to listen and obey.

I am particularly encouraged by the use of “Thus says the lord” in this passage, because of who it was that God spoke to, and how he responded. The portrait the bible paints of Rehoboam makes it clear he was anything but a godly man. His self-will created division within the nation, and his idolatrous ways continued to weaken things from within. He was a defiant, proud, and self willed man, yet we read of a time when he responded favorably to the words of God.

The bible teaches that believers ought to be praying for our political leaders. Often, we become discouraged, and fail to pray,  when it seems they show little or no regard for the things of God. It is important to keep in mind, the God who got through to Reheboam, is the same God who wrote on the wall of Belshazzar’s palace, and the same God who stirred Caesar to take a census of the people, and is the same God who is able to direct our leaders, even if they show little evidence of wanting his direction. Rather than losing heart at  the condition of our nation, it should drive us to our knees, where we seek God to bring about His purposes, and perhaps bring yet another revival before Christ returns.

Pastor Jim

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