The Goodness Of The Lord Fills The Committed Heart

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.                                     – 2 Chronicles 16:9

 

Asa was king of Judah for many years and for about 35 years there was peace in the land. At the beginning of his reign the prophet Azariah prophesied to Asa; “The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if your forsake him, he will forsake you” (2 Chron. 15:1-3).

In the beginning Asa trusted the Lord and would seek him in all things. He destroyed the idols and repaired the altar of the Lord. He even deposed his grandmother from her position as queen mother because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole. He then returned the silver and gold to the temple.

He made a covenant with all the people to “seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul” (15:10-15). Asa truly walked with the Lord and the Lord was with him.

After ruling faithfully for 35 years a severe trial came. The king of the northern tribes came against him and he was fearful of being overrun so he took the gold and silver he had restored to the temple and made a treaty with a foreign king. He trusted that king to protect him rather than God.

It was in that context that the prophet came to him with a word of warning, chastisement, and promise. He was chastised for finding security in others rather than the Lord, yet there was the promise that if he would recommit his heart to the Lord he would be blessed.

The tragedy of this story is that Asa never turned back to God. Even when he contracted a fatal disease he did not seek the Lord (16:12). There is a warning to all of us in this. How we run the race is important, but not as important as how we finish the race. God is looking for men and women who will run well and finish well. How are you running?

 Principle: The goodness of God is with those who walk with him.

 Affirmation: Yesterday will not save me – I must walk well today.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to stay faithful to the end so that your goodness and blessing will continue with me. Help me to guard against a hardened heart that trusts men rather than you. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 104 – Jeremiah 19-20 – 2Thessalonians 2 – Proverbs 15

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