The Hebrew people were a divided Kingdom now, Israel to the north with Jeroboam its king, while Abijah reigned over the southern kingdom of Judah. Abijah pointed out the differences between the two. Judah was ruled by a man born from God's chosen line of David; Israel's king was a rebellious son of Solomon's servant, illegitimate to the throne. Judah followed the Lord God, whose priests were of God's chosen line of Aaron and tribe of Levi. In Israel, "whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams" became a priest (2Chronicles 13:9) and presented offerings to golden calves made by Jeroboam . "We keep the charge of the Lord our God," said Abijah, "but you have forsaken him" (2Chronicles 13:11).
One problem, Judah had an army of 400,000, Israel had 800,000, and Abijah had marched his army into Jeroboam's ambush. Judah was surrounded, completely enclosed by an enemy twice its size. But Israel could not guard the skies, and Judah's source of strength came from the heavens. The enemy was north, south, east, and west, but God was on high, and he was Judah's God. "Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you," warned Abijah. "O sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed" (v 12). Jeroboam did not succeed, and never recovered. The Lord struck him down, and he died. But Abijah grew mighty (vv 20-21).
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ~Romans 8:31
My Lord and Savior, You have placed me in a battlefield on earth, in a world that loves neither You nor Your ways. I cannot be a friend to the ways of the world and follow You at the same time. I must make a choice, and I choose You, which means I fight the world and the world fights me. No matter, though, because You are with me and will never leave me, so I can stand in Your Name.
Thank You for so great a salvation. You are my strength and my confidence and I trust fully in You. My eyes will stay true, my heart pure, my path straight, so long as I love You, listen to Your Word, and follow Your ways.