“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
King Asa, generally a good king, had a lapse of faith at this point. Instead of relying upon God to deliver him from his enemies, he made a covenant with Syria. In doing so, he ceased relying on God. He was rebuked for his actions, and lack of faith. The verse above reveals a general theme that runs throughout Scripture: God blesses those who rely on Him.
God’s eyes closely observe the character and lives of His children. He has promised them His presence (Matthew 28:20), vowing to never leave nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5). His eyes scan the spiritual landscape, seeing who relies on Him and who does not. For those who look to Him, He promises a rich reward and blessing. But those who look to man for help will forfeit that blessing and promise.
What lessons can we learn from this truth?
1) Do not run to man without first consulting God.
We tend to appeal to man first, especially in times of need. Is that because there is no God nearby who can help? We know the answer to that question, but still we persist. We need to daily bring to the Lord those situations in life too big for us to handle. Truth be told, we really need to bring to Him little things, too. The watchful eye of God stands ready to help His struggling children because God knows our frame (Hebrews 4:15-16). We need Him, more than we care to admit. Those who rely on God will receive His promise of help and blessing.
2) Do not exaggerate man’s ability to help.
Man can help us only as God provides the ability for them to do so. Our very first appeal needs to go directly to God. In our times of need, God usually does provide us help through others, but we need to go to Him first. We cannot place our trust in man, because the best of them will fail us from time to time, just like we have failed others.
3) Trust that God will help us.
The verse above from 2 Chronicles lays out the promise, so we need to believe it. In times of need, the child of God needs to carefully peruse Scripture where God provides a rich storehouse of “precious and very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4). We draw strength from these promises, as they provide the strength and confidence to move forward with full vigor. While we should never take God for granted, we should take for granted that His promises are all true and relevant for today.
Do you face mounting struggles and growing problems too big to handle? Does life appear to you as an obstacle course arrayed with complicated twists and turns, too complex to figure out? Then run to Him who knows what to do. Rely on God to win the battle, and cease putting your trust in man, who does not possess the wherewithal to help apart from God. When we rely on God, He always brings about marvelous blessing and certain victory.
Posted on Wed, October 5, 2016
by Sam Petitfils