Monday, July 8, 2013

Who is your First Go-To Person?

God or Man?

2 Chronicles 16: 1-3 (NLT)
" In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa’s territory in Judah. Asa responded by removing the silver and gold from the treasuries of the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace. He sent it to King Ben-hadad of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus, along with this message: “Let there be a treaty between you and me like the one between your father and my father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone.”"
Verse 7-9
"At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

When you read about King Asa in the bible, you are may agree with me that he was a "good" king. He was one that God was pleased with because he did not worship idols like the previous kings had done. Also because of his faith, he had reforms (2 Chronicles 15) in Judah to purge out the idols from the city. Up until 2 Chronicles 16 I would say his scorecard (not that God keeps tabs or anything!) was a pretty neat one. In this passage we read about King Asa being in trouble and we notice his first "go-to" person was King Ben-hadad of Aram. God was obviously not too pleased with that move as we see when we read on.

What strikes me in this story is the fact that what King Asa did is not too far from what I would have done. You see, times like these I am glad the Bible exists because we get to have a model in regards to how to make our decisions. Let's be honest, at first it may not seem like such a big deal, yeah he went to his friend (another king) and so? But Motive is always very key in assessing our actions. I do strongly believe that God did not even cross his mind in that moment as a source of help and this was translated to a lack of trust as we read verse 7. 

When we find ourselves in sticky situations we want to tell the whole world but God about our problem in the hopes of solutions. Personally when I do stuff like this, it is not really that I doubt God can but it is more of the timing because I have the sense of "God might not act as quickly as I want." This might have also been King Asa's thought process and from this passage we see it gets us no where; we displease God and miss out on things he had planned. 

Prayer Starter: Lord Help me to keep you as my First and Only go-to person. Until you direct me to go somewhere else, help me remain in you and trust that you would act in a way that is most favorable to me because you love me.

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness

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