Recently, I was reading about King Asa in 2 Chronicles. King Asa was one of the few “good” kings that Judah had. Yet, while Asa started well, he did not finish well. The story goes that when King Asa heard the word of the Lord that if they stayed with Him and sought after Him, He would not abandon them and that their righteous work would be well rewarded. He took courage and removed all idols from the land and repaired the altar of the Lord. He even deposed his grandmother who had set up obscene idols to other gods. Asa stayed fully committed to God throughout his life. He brought silver and gold back into the temple. God brought peace to the land.
But, in His wisdom, God allowed King Asa’s enemies to rise up again. It was a test. And, as it does many times, prosperity brings complacency. Instead of calling on God and trusting Him, Asa took the gold and silver from the temple and bought an ally. This ally was actually an enemy, a stronghold if you will, that God had intended for him to destroy. Instead of trusting God, he decided to put his trust in something other than God, who had always been faithful to protect them.
Because Asa did not fully pull down every stronghold that stood against him and did not “pass” the trust test, God told Asa that for the rest of his life he would be at war again. Instead of repenting, Asa became angry and threw God’s messenger into prison. Towards the end of his life, Asa developed a disease and even then, he did not seek God’s help but help only from his doctors. So he died.
This parallels so often with our lives. God wants us to trust Him with every aspect of our lives. He wants us to take down every distraction or stronghold that could eventually cause us to turn away from totally trusting Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” God wants us to fully trust Him and He wants to help!
So many times, we have trusted God in the past but when times change and trouble comes again, we have a tendency to seek our own solutions and make our own plans to get out of trouble. God wants to help us but, as humans, it’s difficult not to take matters into our own hands. It’s difficult for us to put aside our logical solutions and trust God, which many times, seems illogical.
Although it’s easier said than done, I encourage all of us to make sure we are truly trusting God to help us in times of need. Although God did give us brains and “logic,” we must make sure that our solutions are God’s solutions and we always move forward 100% trusting Him. Always finish well!
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