Confidence in God
2 Chronicles 16:7-10
King Asa had shown he had lost his confidence in God by seeking help from Syria. Even though God had delivered Judah and Israel many times, repeatedly they would seek help from other nations rather than God. In this story, the prophet Hanani told King Asa that because he had put his trust in the King of Syria and not God that he would now be subject to wars.
This story is a reminder that although it’s ok to use human ways of solving problems, it is a sin to trust them more than God or to leave God completely out of our problem-solving. The prophet said the following to King Asa:
‘For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people who’s hearts are perfect towards him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.’ (v8)
The prophet also said:
‘What a fool you have been!’
I wonder how much I rely on human solutions and if I truly trust in God’s ways.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.