“Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and he built cities for defense in Judah. He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,… and Hebron, fortified cities that are in Judah and Benjamin. He made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine. And he put shields and spears in all the cities and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin.
“And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel presented themselves to him from all places where they lived. For the Levites left their common lands and their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons cast them out from serving as priests of the Lord, and he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat idols and for the calves that he had made. And those who had set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord, the God of their fathers. They strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they made Rehoboam the son of Solomon secure, for they walked for three years in the way of David and Solomon.”
“But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. We have priests ministering to the Lord who are sons of Aaron, and Levites for their service. They offer to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt offerings and incense of sweet spices, set out the showbread.., and care for the golden lampstand that its lamps may burn every evening. For we keep the charge of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken him. Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed.” 2 Chronicles 11:5-6,10-17; 13:10-12
The time had come, with Israel’s divided kingdom after Solomon, for the priests to take a stand. They had faithfully set their hearts on the Lord, and when Jeroboam king of Israel introduced strange gods, they knew they had to put this heart into action and move to Jerusalem. While Jerusalem was not perfect, and Judah’s leader Rehoboam not fixed on seeking the Lord, they were able there to fulfill their call from God. (2 Chronicles 13:6-9)
While we live in this world, we will always meet opposition, and God does not waste it. Sometimes there are lessons to be learned in staying where we are, but there may come times when a heart set on God must translate into setting our feet in a new direction. The Lord God calls us to fear and faithfully serve Him, and if our situation makes that impossible or untenable, He may be calling us to move elsewhere.
Are there self-imposed limitations on what we are willing to do, even if God clearly calls elsewhere, in position or place? To what comforts or familiarities are we clinging? Whose will are we daily seeking, so we know what God’s clear direction is, higher and irrespective of worldly pressures or prohibitions? (Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6)
Lord, may my call to serve and honor You reside and take precedence above all else. Compel me to follow and lead for You, to Your glory always.