“…and the children of Judah prevailed because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers.” – 2 Chronicles 13:18b

Abijah was David’s great-grandson. Despite this rich heritage, he followed in the ways of his father, Rehoboam. While David was a man after God’s own heart, check out Rehoboam’s testimony.

“And he did evil because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 12:14.

Everything David built, Rehoboam destroyed in a day. After he succeeded Solomon, leaders from the other tribes approached and asked him to lighten the load of Solomon’s oppression.

What did Rehoboam do? He tightened the noose.

And ten tribes broke off to form their own kingdom.

Due to this friction, there was constant tension between the kingdom of Israel in the north and Rehoboam’s kingdom of Judah in the south.

Upon taking the throne Abijah continued his belligerent policies toward the north, and it triggers a full-scale war where he’s outnumbered two to one.

While Abijah climbs a mountain and proceeds to lambaste the rebels, fathers and sons wonder below if they’ll see their families again.

I guess we’re not the only generation with a dearth of good leadership.

Well, the northern king, Jeroboam, uses the speech to lay an ambush from behind. And now it springs.

What does Abijah do? The text doesn’t say. But the people of Judah do something 🙂

“…and they cried unto the Lord, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to the pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.” – 2 Chronicles 13:14b-14.

I’m so thankful the Lord is there even when all I see around me is pain. That when the world looks darker and darker, He’s still at work. I’m so grateful He still uses surrendered lives to make an impact.

Have you taken time today to yield everything to Jesus? Rest in His promise to never leave you or forsake you. Don’t give up the fight. The gates of Hell won’t prevail against His church!

All of the praise unto your name!

Be lifted higher!