But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do
with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this
day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God
commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling
with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
-- 2 Chronicles 35 verse 21       (Kings James Bible)


    When God is working to correct a matter, it really is in
    our best interest to leave it alone and hold back from
    saying or doing anything that could jeopardize that
    process.  To spare our own heart from receiving wounds
    through a battle that is not ours in the first place, we
    have to trust His judgment, and with prayer and
    forbearance, let God finish it in His own way and in His
    own time.  When it involves people that we love, it can
    be very difficult, and at times stretching our faith to new
    limits, but considering Josiah’s experience, it really is a
    necessity.

    Unfortunately, Josiah learned the hard way, that
    meddling and interfering with God’s judgment was not a
    wise thing to do.  Josiah knew it was not his fight and
    there was no reason for him to be on that battlefield,
    especially when it was impossible for him to win it.  For
    whatever the reason, Josiah did otherwise and suffered
    greatly for it.

    Often we can spare ourselves so much additional
    heartache and grief just by simply letting God be
    Himself.  We can spare ourselves unnecessary scars
    and sufferings just by staying out of the way of God’s
    corrective process in the lives and matters of others.  
    Sometimes just being a devoted and faithful sideline
    prayer warrior is the best thing one can do and most
    needful for all, for God is a healer too.


May God’s Word sustain your faith and trust in Him each day.
    -- Sharon Johnson
Word of the Day ... Meddling
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For further study and inspiration:
  • Note:  Meddling in God’s war and justice is more harmful than
    helpful, even for those in right standing with God.  
    Review 2 Chronicles 35 verses 1-27.

  • 2 Chronicles 35 verses 20-24
    20.  After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho
    king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates:
    and Josiah went out against him.
    21.  But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do
    with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day,
    but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded
    me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is
    with me, that he destroy thee not.
    22.  Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but
    disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened
    not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to
    fight in the valley of Megiddo.
    23.  And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his
    servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
    24.  His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put
    him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to
    Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres
    of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
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