Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 29, 2015

“He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 11.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.  But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “You shall not go up or fight against your relatives; return every man to his house, for this thing is from Me.”’”  So they listened to the words of the Lord and returned from going against Jeroboam.”  2 Chronicles 11:1-4.

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We see the will of man.  In this case, it is the will of Rehoboam to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom (of Israel) to himself.

But again, as always, the will of God prevailed against the will of man.

“9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:9-10.

Today’s Scripture also makes us think of the verses in yesterday’s devotion.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.

“The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.

“10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.”  Psalm 33:10-11.

Other doctrine teaches about man and man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows the sovereign God of Scripture and rightly exalts Him.


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