“Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.”
1 Kings 12:24, KJV
You can never accuse the Lord of being cold and distant and aloof. He doesn’t detach Himself from the needs of His people. He doesn’t ever disconnect and isolate Himself. On the contrary, He is constantly thinking and acting on our behalf. He is a proactive God. That is most impressive.
Some say, that at the beginning of creation, God wound up the universe like a clock. Now He watches as everything just winds down. He makes no intervention, or attempt to regulate. We call this “Deism.” It may be understood philosophically, but not theologically–or biblically. The God of the Bible is always intensively involved in the affairs and concerns of His covenant people.
“For this thing is from Me.” God directs a confused king who has significant issues. God decides that civil war between Judah and Israel is wrong. He sends His prophet Shemaiah to stand before the king of Judah, and speak out a word to the nation. The Lord is involved, and it is He who is actively enmeshed into this issue.
“For this thing is from Me.” There is something here that can mystify and perplex the best of us. He begins to weave and guide His active presence into the confusing issues of that time. He is not a “landlord God,” but He is intensely involved in our affairs. He initiates and directs the very things that concern us.
“For this thing is from Me.” The text clearly opens up this ugly situation. In the midst of this bizarre issue, God has assumed control. His prophet Shemaiah carries this a Word of power into a room of a possibly explosive personalities. Now the arrogance of the king can be a strong and strange thing. But He moves wherever He wills. Yet kings are never an issue, when God enters in. They must serve now, like anyone else.
Dear one, He is deeply involved in your affairs. He draws very close, and He has engaged Himself to be intricately involved in your affairs. “For this thing is from Me.” and that truth opens up His purposes to our desperate poverty. We may try very hard to try to maintain control and direction. But God directs and superintends. He is big enough to touch and direct my small heart. We will come into confusion if we try to sidestep His lordship.
“The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases.”