Christian Devotional – May 14, 2012

2 Kings 14:10–“You have indeed defeated Edom, and your heart has become proud. Enjoy your glory and stay at home; for why should you provoke trouble so that you, even you, would fall, and Judah with you?”

The new king of Judah, Amaziah, had just won a battle against the nation of Edom. Now he was trying to pick a fight with Israel. The king of Israel warned him to leave well enough alone, but Amaziah wouldn’t listen. They went to battle and Israel defeated Judah and killed Amaziah. Do we seek after conflict just to boost our own self-image? Are we overly proud and confident about ourselves? We must be careful for that pride can lead us down a very self-destructive path.

Lord, You are the one who gives victory and I do not want to be involved in any conflict unless You specifically direct me. Help me to know when to stand up and fight for You and when to walk away.

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