Day 215: Picking Fights

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Plan

2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23

1 Corinthians 1:1-17

Psalm 27:1-6

Proverbs 20:20-21

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Commentary by Pastor Michael White:

“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 Chron 35:22). Necho king of Egypt came up to battle a foreign king. He had no bad blood with Judah, and no desire to fight them. Yet Josiah, their king, insisted on going to war against Pharaoh Necho in an unnecessary battle. The end result? Josiah lost his life because he fought out of pride. But the ramifications of his decision did not stop there. His son, Jehoahaz, was deposed from the throne, and brought into captivity. What’s more, Judah was forced to pay tribute to Egypt because of Josiah’s rash decision. All of this could have been avoided if Josiah put away his pride and recognized this was not his fight. Are you picking unnecessary battles with anyone in your life? Avoid derision and division. Only fight when God instructs you and assures He will be with you!

Prayer:

Father, help me to avoid unnecessary battles. I only want to fight & take stands when you tell me to. Help me to be wise and use caution.