Thoughts on 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

02 Jan

vs7. Hanani the seer told King Asa of Judah that the Aramean army had escaped from his hand because he had relied on the king of Aram instead of on God.

vs8. Hanani reminded Asa that the Lord delivered the mighty army of the Cushites and Libyans into his hand when he had relied on the Lord.

vs9. Hanani tells Asa that the eyes of the Lord are looking throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. He then tells Asa that he was foolish to not rely on the Lord and that he will be at war from now on.

I have not faced physical armies of war as King Asa did, but I faced other “armies.” The armies of cancer or other serious illness, fear, discouragement, temptation to sin, unemployment, bankruptcy, and many others confront each of us from time to time throughout our lives. In these times, we must not follow Asa’s example when he relied on the king of Aram.

Rather, we must follow his example when he faced the army of the Cushites and Libyans that seemed so overwhelmingly powerful and large that his army had no chance to survive. At that time, Asa wisely turned to God and relied on Him. As a result, God delivered the enemy into Asa’s hands. This is the example we must follow. Rely on the all-powerful Lord our God who holds the universe in His hand!

I praise You, God, for Your power, Your wisdom, Your mercy, and Your love! Help me to be a person whose heart is wholly, totally, completely committed to You! Please, Father! Help me to always rely on You and not on myself or anyone else. Thank You, Father. Amen.

Trust in Yahweh with all your heart,
    and don’t lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
Don’t be wise in your own eyes.
    Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.
It will be health to your body,
    and nourishment to your bones. -Proverbs 3:5-8 (WEB)

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