THE 16th OF MARCH
DISOBEDIENCE HAS A HIGH PRICE
But he sent messengers to him, saying, What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for God commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with God, who is with me, lest He destroy you.” Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself so that he might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of God. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo. – 2 Chronicles 35:21-22
We have to be obedient to keep the Lord our God by our side. When we are faithful in our obedience to the Lord and ask for His help, acknowledging our total dependence on Him, our lives are very blessed with much more peace and joy.
If God’s sovereignty means that He controls everything that happens, then King Josiah would not have died at such a young age (he was only 39) after being wounded in battle (2 Kings 22:20).
But the Lord did not force Josiah to do His will and He does not force us either. From 2 Chronicles 35:21 we learn that Neco, the Pharaoh of Egypt, warned Josiah not to fight against him, because he would have been fighting against God, who had sent Neco to fight against Carchemish. But not even then, did Josiah ask God what His will was.
Stubbornness and pride cost us dearly, and the enemy uses them very efficiently to push us to self-destruction.
Dear Lord, please forgive me for all the times when because of being stubborn and prideful, I could not hear Your counsel and I sinned against You. Please help me to have a soft heart in Your hand, pay attention to all Your warnings, and when You bless me and all goes well, to remember that it is because of Your love and kindness. I do not want to do my will but Your will, so please help me to never forget to ask for Your direction in all my decisions! Thank You with all my heart! In Jesus’ Name, Amen