November 27, 2015
…Be strong and do not lose courage…. 2 Chronicles 15:7¹
The history of Israel includes some riveting similarities to our world today. One brief vignette that caught my attention recently is from 2 Chronicles 14-15. After the glorious, golden years of King Solomon, his son, Rehoboam, succeeded him. While Solomon was wise, Rehoboam was arrogant, foolish, and in short order had led the southern kingdom away from faith in God. A warning through God’s Word came to him plainly, “Thus says the Lord, ‘You have forsaken Me, so I also have forsaken you…’”² And God did. While He spared Rehoboam’s life, He allowed Jerusalem to be ransacked, and all the amassed wealth of Solomon to be looted by the Egyptians.
When Rehoboam’s grandson, Asa, rose to power, he “did what was right and good in the sight of the Lord his God.” ³ When a million-man army came against him from the south, he cried out to God, declaring, “Lord, there is no one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in Thee…” 4 God honored his trust by giving him victory.
God then sent a message to Asa instructing him on how to secure lasting peace and victory over his enemies. And it’s this message that I would like to deliver to the leaders of the free world… to President Netanyahu and the leaders of modern-day Israel; to Barack Obama and the leaders of the United States of America; to François Hollande, and the leaders of France; to David Cameron and the leaders of Great Britain; to Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Hillary Clinton, and any other candidate running for President of the United States.
This is the message: “… the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. For many days you have been without the true God and without God’s Word. But in your distress if you turn to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God and Father of Jesus Christ, and if you seek Him, He lets you find Him. Today there is no peace to him who goes out or to him who comes in, for many disturbances have afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. Nation is being crushed by nation, and city by city, for God is troubling you with every kind of distress. But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.” 5
When this message was originally delivered, King Asa took courage and led his nation in genuine repentance of sin. Then the entire nation “…entered into the covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and soul…so the Lord gave them rest on every side.” 6
Seek the Lord now while He may be found. 7 He will give you wisdom, peace, and deliverance from your enemies.
 Bible quotations are from the NASB
 2 Chronicles 12:5
 2 Chronicles 14:2
 2 Chronicles 14:11
 2 Chronicles 15:2-7
 2 Chronicles 15:12, 15
 Isaiah 55:6