The nation of Israel was no stranger to civil strife. As Solomon passed leadership to his son, a crack in national unity quickly widened. Civil war erupted as 10 Northern Tribes broke away from Judah and Benjamin in the south. A series of kings came and went but few of them ruled in the spirit of David. These were two kingdoms in crisis. But – even in the midst of gross unfaithfulness in the lives of these kings, God’s promises were kept and His story moved forward. That is the same way he works with us. God is faithful to His promises, with or without us. With Him is so much better.