Text: 2 Chronicles 13 | Series: 1 & 2 Chronicles

… and the men of Judah prevailed because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.” 2 Chronicles 13:18

God Granted Victory Because They Relied on the Lord

In 2 Chronicles 13, the divided kingdom was at war after Solomon’s death. Armies outnumbered and surrounded King Abijah, the son of Rehoboam, and he led his people to cry out to the God of Israel. And they relied on Him amidst what seemed like a hopeless situation (2 Chronicles 13:18).

Abijah seemed to be a good king but has his heart always been wholly true to God?

Judah Had Not Always Relied on God

According to 1 Kings 15:3, Abijah had walked in all the sins of his fathers.

However, in this instance, he did what was right and reminded Judah that God had made a covenant with David. He exhorted his people to lean on God’s promises and not to trust in their own army.

The people of Judah were just as sinful as those in the Northern Kingdom but Chronicles showed us God’s faithfulness towards his people despite their unfaithfulness to Him.

God was at work and there is salvation for those who would trust in God.

An Enduring Covenant

God made a covenant of salt with the Israelites, a long-lasting, strong covenant (2 Chronicles 13:5).

He made an eternal covenant of blood with us because of the work of Christ. Therefore, we can have a better victory than the Israelites.

Abijah was a weak king with failures but we have a better King in Jesus who has always trusted God the Father who can permanently deliver mankind from our enemies.

Will You Lean on The Lord?

See the glimpse of the gospel in this passage; it points to how Jesus’ death and resurrection which defeated Satan and death.

Will you choose to trust in God? Or will you look elsewhere for significance, prosperity, or value?