2 Chronicles 16:9
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”
When I was a teenager, I got into a fight with three other teenagers. It was a West Side Story situation (minus the romance).
I was outnumbered, and I took a beating. When my cousin heard about it, he chased down one of the guys who attacked me and cut him with a sharp pocket knife.
The fight escalated, and two gangs were formed. The opposing gang cornered me and demanded my cousin’s address. I pretended not to know – but I was worried for the life of my cousin. So, I fell on my knees and prayed like I’d never prayed before. God answered that prayer, because the opposing gang soon turned against the victim of my cousin’s attack.
King Asa, of the Bible, made a very different choice – which led to a very different outcome.
This King of Judah was attacked by his enemy, King Baasha. But Asa did not go to God for help. Instead, he went to the big guys – the huge Syrian army – for help. That was his first mistake, and unfortunately it wasn’t his last. When the prophet Hanani confronted him about his decision, Asa threw him in prison.
King Asa had shown loyalty to God in past battles, and God had delivered him many times. But somewhere along the line, Asa decided that God wasn’t to be trusted in a crisis. Later, God severely punished Asa – not due to the mistakes he made, but because his heart was not loyal to God alone.
As Christians, we often say, “God loves you.” But deep down, we may feel God just tolerates us, especially when we make mistakes. It’s critical to believe that God loves us even when we make mistakes, and to be loyal to God during these times. You don’t have to continue that trend and end up where Asa did!
Today, I want to challenge you to stand up each time you sin, and ask God for help. To do that, it’s crucial that you truly believe God loves you and has your best interest in mind, despite your failures.
You may be surprised how this attitude will cause you to naturally fight off sin and be loyal to God alone!
Anish Souri enjoys his job selling business software. He also enjoys jazz music, ethnic foods, and dancing. Anish thinks NYC is one of the easiest places to serve Jesus, because the world comes to NYC (versus us having to travel to far off places), and there is a natural energy level to do things here. He would like to take advantage of the opportunities NYC offers and be a bolder witness for Jesus, because thats the only thing that will last forever!