II Kings 13:12 summarizes the reign of Joash the King of Israel by describing “all that he did and his might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah …”. What a sad summary of a legacy …
Joash was the ruler of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Amaziah was the king of Judah, from which Israel had split under the reign of Jeroboam. These were “brother” nations — yet the reign of Joash is remembered for how fiercely he fought against his brothers!
How sad. God never intended for the might of Israel to be spent against Judah; brother against brother. It was one mark of how far they had fallen away from God’s plan for them as His people.
Of course, the same thing could be said of so many Christians and church groups today. “Brother fights against brother” in churches. Rival groups in denominations “wage war” against each other for dominance. But just as in the days of Israel & Judah, God never intended for His people to use their strength against each other.
May God give us His grace, that we might be remembered for the might we used to advance His kingdom against the enemy of our souls — instead of for the way we fought against each other.