10 months 2 weeks ago #10162 by thaiwohvista
DAILY MANNA MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 was created by thaiwohvista

TEXT: 2 KINGS 14:8-16

KEY VERSE: "Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?" (2 KINGS 14:10).

According to the Free Dictionary, to "pick your battle" is an idiom which means choosing not to participate in minor, unimportant or overly difficult arguments, contests or confrontations. It is to save one's strength instead, for things of greater importance or where one has a greater chance of success.

This is one truth that King Amaziah did not learn on time. With the help of God, Amaziah had defeated the Edomites, and now, without any provocation, challenged Jehoash, the king of Israel to battle. The king of Israel wisely counselled him to celebrate his success over Edom and be satisfied. He mortifies his pride by comparing himself to a cedar, a stately tree, and Amaziah to a thistle, a sorry weed. Israel was not comparable to Judah, so Amaziah should not court trouble. Jehoash showed him the folly of his challenge.

Amaziah did not listen, and as a result, he went to war with Israel. He lost woefully in the end. His army was routed and dispersed; he was captured by the king of Israel who entered Jerusalem and plundered the city, took away all that was valuable and returned to Samaria, laden with spoils.

Like Amaziah, many Christians suffer humiliating defeats from the Jehoashs of the world today because of pride and inability to pick their battles. In life, one of the main choices that we make every day is the choice of obedience. We can choose to obey God and listen to His commands or choose to disobey and do our own thing. Our choices are ours to make, but there are consequences to all our decisions.

Many battles await you as you go about your different activities today. Pick your battles with wisdom because it is not every battle that is worth fighting, especially when you know that God is not leading you ahead.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your choices matter, choose wisely.


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