Day 141: Faithless forgetfulness (2 Chronicles 15-21)

Posted: August 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah. Asa then took the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the LORD’s temple and of his own palace and sent it to Ben-Hadad king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. “Let there be a treaty between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.” Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. They conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim and all the store cities of Naphtali. When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah and abandoned his work. Then King Asa brought all the men of Judah, and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using. With them he built up Geba and Mizpah. At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” – 2 Chronicles 16:1-9

Where does your help come from?

In the above passage, Asa, king of Judah, forgot where his help came from, as he turned to a pagan nation and the king of Aram instead of God to help him defeat Baasha, king of Israel. It’s a simple act that is repeated all too often in the lives of all believers. We display a “faithless forgetfulness,” a moment of misjudgment where we place our trust in the hands of the world, and not to God. And we all do it. None of us are immune to this disease!

When our confidence in God slips, we tend to look elsewhere for answers, often within ourselves, or other, more secular devices. We listen to worldly advice hidden in today’s media, gossip circles and other means, that we lose focus on the only advice book that really matters, and often the one that is sitting the closest to us – our Bible! Not only that, we have prayer, direct access to God Himself, a way we can seek His face and ask for guidance.

The real problems come when we decide to take matters into our own hands. Our pride gets in the way, and we start treading a rocky path of self-indulgence, lies, greed and complete defeat. Luckily for us, there are detours off that path, much like woods paths on a ski slope, that lead us directly to God – the trick is finding them! And the hard part is doing it while making the decision, not realizing it after we have made the wrong one!

Faithless forgetfulness. How do I avoid it? Sadly, I am sure there are times I will fail. I have already failed so much. And I know I will again. But knowing this fact is a good start. By connecting with God on a regular basis, it will make it harder for me to forget Him when I need Him, to trust Him more in situations where it seems all hope is lost, and to seek Him instead of searching out the easiest path of pride. Like Asa, I could store up my gold and silver and place it in the hands of the world, OR, I could trust in my God, the ultimate Deliverer, where in Him the battle is already won.

Sounds like an easy choice to me. Now I just need to make sure I don’t forget!

  1. Barrie says:

    Good Job Adam! I like reading the scripture and your commentary!

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