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“When he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah.” – II Chronicles 12:12 (underline added)

Did you know that your arrogant disobedience WILL cause trouble for you AND those under your authority?! As hard as it may be to swallow, the reality is that one man’s sin indeed does affect others.

The story in II Chronicles chapters ten through twelve is an insightful look into the mind of a rebellious young man who thought he could do things his own way without any consequence to his choices. Rehoboam had become king of Israel after his father, King Solomon, died. He was young, full of energy, and bent towards doing this his own way rather than God’s way. Rehoboam was so far disconnected from God that he began rejecting the advice of the elders who had walked with God and who had seen His glorious hand of blessing upon His chosen nation and instead, Rehoboam turned towards the young men who would advise him in matters that pleased his ears. (see ch 10 vs 8, 13) His heart swelled with pride and judgment from God came swiftly. When Judah came up under heavy siege from the Egyptian army, Rehoboam and the “leaders” recognized their sin, humbled themselves before God, and repented for their rebellion. It was then that God relented in His anger.

Friends, the significant part of the story of Rehoboam is that God’s wrath was not poured out on Rehoboam alone, but on all those under his influence and authority. His rebellion rubbed off on many others and before long a corporate rebellion took place. God judged the whole nation! The same can be true of you. God has a definite plan for your life and that plan includes many who are under your influence and authority – friends, family, co-workers, church leaders. If you choose to rebel against God’s ways, you can be sure His anger will be stirred and His wrath will come – not only on you, but upon those who follow your lead. Walk uprightly and wisely! Humble yourself before it is too late. Many lives depend on your willingness to walk humbly before your god.