As explained in 2 Chronicles 10, adversaries continued to arise during the end of the reign of Solomon. The resistance grew because many people became unhappy with the heavy burden put on them to help pay for the king’s extravagance. Solomon’s son, Rehoboam took over as king and was aware of the building opposition so he sent for advice.
One group he consulted with was the elders who had served his father Solomon. They advised him to be kind and seek to please the people so they would be loyal servants. Another group he sought advice from was the young men he had grown up with who told him to make the burden on the people even greater.
A glimpse of God’s ongoing purpose is given to us in this reading. For we have the ability to look back on history and know God’s ultimate plan. Jesus dying on the cross for our sins makes our burdens light and gives us the freedom to be loyal servants of His kingdom.
The Bible is God’s plan for our life and the cross answers our questions. Through the Holy Spirit, we gain insight in the direction we should take in life’s most difficult moments. We can lean upon God’s unlimited knowledge in the Bible, study and practice together, and let the Holy Spirit give directions to His way through prayer.
Prayer is our greatest power! This day with God can be terrific because when we talk to Him in prayer, we receive counsel to plan the right course of action for the day so tasks are accomplished.