2 Chronicles 13:1-22
Key Verse 18
They have become like the surrounding lands, worshiping carved bulls they design by priests they select.
They remain as they had, set apart from the peoples by the practices and priests selected not by men but by God.
And now the two face each other in battle.
King Jeroboam of Israel has 800,000 men.
King Abijah of Judah has 400,000 men and the approval of God on his side.
King Abijah is standing on Mount Zemaraim and speaking to the enemy army.
(Starting at verse 10) "As for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the LORD are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them. (11) Every morning and evening they present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the LORD. They set out the bread on the ceremonially clean table and light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. We are observing the requirements of the LORD our God. But you have forsaken him. (12) God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. Men of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you will not succeed."
And Israel did not succeed against his brother. It says that the men of Judah won the victory because "they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers."
God does not change and He can be trusted. He is the rock. On the other hand, it's easy for people to change. I get bored easily and can be rather fickle on occasion. We learned in class that business records are valid and authentic only if they remain unchanged through time. Now, some change in people is good - we grow, we learn, we adopt new hobbies - but shifting hearts that seek after the wind are not very productive for any purpose.
God doesn't want servants who do not steadfastly, continually serve Him. When Israel had forsaken Him, He Himself caused them to taste defeat. Also, when the Levites become lax in their duties and focus on their own ideas or image rather than on God, God is not pleased. I need to set myself with the mentality of a true Levites - to be consistent and firmly established in my calling as a child of God, and thus strong and immovable.
One Word: May I be called Constance
(PS - the icon is of Jehoiada the Priest and Jehosheba, a very interesting couple in the Bible!)