Friday, June 15

Trusting God vs. my wits

Scripture: 1 Kings 16, 2 Chronicles 15-16, Colossians 1

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth to show himself strong for those who are wholeheartedly devoted to him.  You have been foolish in this matter.  Therefore, you will have wars from now on.”  

Observation

King Asa didn’t finish well.  In the 36th year of his reign in Judah, the northern kingdom of Israel, led by King Baasha, attacked Judah.  King Asa, who had experienced the Lord’s help in battle, didn’t trust the Lord, but emptied his treasuries to bribe King Ben-hadad of Aram.  It worked.  Aram attacked Israel, who withdrew from Judah.  

But the Lord was not pleased that Asa had failed to trust Him, and sent the prophet Hanani to Asa with this message. 

Application

I am prone to action—which is good.  But sometimes, like Asa, I take action when I need to seek the Lord.  Like Asa, I scheme my way out of things, instead of trusting the Lord.  Like Asa, I depend on my wits instead of trusting the Lord.  

God’s eyes are roaming the earth, scanning the hearts of people, to find those who are wholeheartedly devoted to Him.  He is looking for God-first, trusting people so that He can “show Himself strong” for them.  

One of our mottos is “Pray first.”  Before you act, before you scheme, before you plan—pray first.  I want my first reaction to a problem to be trusting prayer, not desperate scheming!

Prayer: Lord, remind me today (and every day) when faced with problems that You stand ready to “show yourself strong” on my behalf if I’ll trust You and turn to You first!