Daily Read - 2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14; Romans 9:1-24; Psalm 19:1-14; Proverbs 20:1
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on
behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
The story of Asa in 2 Chronicles 14-16 is both inspirational and tragically sobering. Asa was an awesome king in that he began his reign in total obedience to God. He tore down all the altars of idolatry, obliterated the high places, and told Judah to worship the God of their fathers. He closely heeded the word of the Lord through the prophet Azaria and found favor with God and man as a result. He reigned for years in peace from war.
Tragically, in the 36th year of his 41-year reign as king, he began seeking the arm of flesh rather than the heart of God for instruction and direction. His walk before the Lord turned from one of obedience to that of rebellion. God's response was quick and poignant. He sent Hanani the seer whose name means, my mercy and my grace
with a strong corrective message. Rather than embracing the word of the Lord, he rejected it and threw Hanani into prison. From this point on, Asa experienced deterioration in every area of his life and kingdom. Ironically, disease struck his feet, which ultimately led to his death. His feet led him on a path that took him away from His God and his feet led him to his death.
Throughout scripture, the Lord reveals to His children the blessings that follow obedience and the consequences of rebellion. Obedience is vital in this critical hour and we cannot afford to ignore His voice.
In His mercy, the Lord sent a message to Asa through His seer Hanani trying to persuade him to turn around and walk back into the arms of his God, but he hardened his heart even further. The Holy Spirit is our advocate and he continually beckons us to walk in the ways of the Lord. Do we heed His voice or do we continue to walk in our own ways empowered by our own strength? There is only one way that produces the favor and blessings of God and that is to walk in His ways. All other roads lead to disappointment, chaos, and ultimate destruction.
As He did through Hanani to Asa, God places authority in our lives as His mercy and grace extended. We may not like the vessel God uses or the message, but we are instructed in the Word of God to honor and respect those He places in authority over our lives. They may not even be Christians, but He uses very unusual and unlikely people to deliver His messages. The Lord did not say to honor the Christian authority in our life; He said to honor all authority.
Be encouraged to spend time in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to reveal areas where you still walk in rebellion toward God and those in authority. Then quickly repent and surrender your ears to Him and ask Him to help you tune into and obey the voice of the Lord.
The Lord searches the whole earth to find someone who is loyal to follow His ways!