When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam. But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, ‘Thus says the Lord, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives. Return every man to his home, for this thing is from me.’” So they listened to the word of the Lord and returned and did not go against Jeroboam.
2 Chronicles 11:1-4
Just as Rehoboam was very zealous for the nation of Israel and wanted to bring back it back together by combining Judah and Israel, many of us are very zealous for Christianity and want to bring all the churches back together into one church again. However, sometimes division is a good thing. Sometimes God says, “No, this is from Me.” Yes, even though we desire complete unity with our Christian brothers and sisters, sometimes God has a purpose for division.
At this point in the history of Israel and Judah, both nations were on different levels in their spirituality. Israel was worshiping idols, but Judah was worshiping the true God. Keep reading the rest of the chapter and you’ll find that many priests and Levites who wished to remain faithful to God moved to Judah so they could practice their faith freely.
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.
2 Chronicles 11:14-16
Perhaps this is the same reason why God has allowed different denominations today. While God judges people based on their individual walk with God rather than by the overall spirituality of the church they belong to, there are some denominations that are closer to Bible truth than others. It is very important that we find a church that follows God’s word carefully. The church we attend does have an impact on our spirituality. I encourage you to be carefully selective in the church you choose, and be cautious about seeking to join denominations together who believe differently than each other. Sometimes, division is from the Lord.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
. . . a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5
May we long for the day when we will be forever united in Christ!
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture portions used in this devotional were taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.