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by Lori Robbins

Good Morning Ladies,

Have you ever felt like you are off track with God?  I know I have.  Many years I spent in ministry and suddenly I found myself far away from my Heavenly Father.  Old and trusted friends I once hung out were replaced with new ones who barely knew me.  I made alliance with those I thought were on the same side I was only to discover the stark reality of differences in beliefs.  Soon my values that I once held so dear to my heart were compromised and I began to spiral downward desiring not the things of God as I once had but the things of this earth.    

The king of Judah, King Asa (2 Chronicles 14), did the same thing. For years he obeyed God. It is recorded in 2 Chronicles 14:2-5:

 

2 Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. 3 He removed the foreign altars and the pagan shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. 4 He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands. 5 Asa also removed the pagan shrines, as well as the incense altars from every one of Judah’s towns.

King Asa walked with God for a time.  Then a condition came from God through Azariah to Asa.  The message from God was clear and concise,

 

Then the Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded, 2 and he went out to meet King Asa as he was returning from the battle. “Listen to me, Asa!” he shouted. “Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you…7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded”(2 Chronicles 15:2,7)

It was our gracious heavenly Father sending a warning to King Asa.  So what happened?  Moving to chapter 16 we see a situation arose and King Asa choose to make deals with man rather than trusting God. Suffice to say Asa chose the easy way instead of the right way.  He aligned himself with a pagan nation.  God alone had helped Asa defeat the Ethiopians yet Asa lost sight of this and sought a human solution of treaties rather than seeking and trusting God.  And when the prophet Hanani confronted Asa, he threw the prophet in jail.  This tells us a lot about how deteriorated Asa’s relationship had become. 

I too went through a period of time in my life and stopped listening for my Father’s voice and aligned myself with people whom I thought were helping me through a difficult time.  While it is not sinful to obtain council from others, it is sin to trust them more than God.  Perhaps their intentions are well-meaning but when we begin thinking their ways are better and scripture is not the guiding light in their suggestions then we leave God completely out of the picture as we go through the problem-solving process.  

That is what King Asa did.  After some 35 years of righteous living King Asa left God out of the picture.  He did not go to God and seek Him for deliverance and answers.  God sent Hanani to King Asa with a message:

 

9 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.”   

King Asa put Hanani in prison and then the word says, “At the same time Asa brutally oppressed some of the people.”(1 Chronicles 16:10)  Perhaps these were advisors or friends who were trying to show Asa the errors of his ways?  How many times have we turned away from a Christian Brother or sister because they were not telling us what we wanted to hear?  As I look back I can see where true friends tried to get me to see things God’s way and I simply refused to listen to reason.  I told myself they did not know all the facts so could not possible advise me on matters they knew nothing about. 

God gave King Asa yet another chance to seek Him.  Asa became inflicted with a severe disease in his feet but even in his illness Asa sought out the help of doctors rather than praying to the God he had once served so faithfully.   The Bible says two years later King Asa “rested with his fathers …”  The scriptures do not tell us if Asa ever repented and turned his heart back to God. 

God has taught me a valuable lesson over the years and it is this, what sometimes appears to be an easy decision is not necessarily the right one.  God wanted me to trust and wait on Him.  At that time in my life, I choose not to do so and the repercussions were devastating.  Thankfully and gratefully we serve a God of forgiveness.  Unlike Asa, when God gave me a second chance to seek Him I fell on my face, asked for forgiveness and thanked Him for His everlasting mercy, for His grace and for His unconditional love. 

I know the things and ways of this world can sometimes look good and pleasing however please do not be fooled.  If you find yourself facing difficult situations and decisions please pray to your Father in heaven and ask Him to reveal His will to you. And know this if anything is contradictory to God’s word then it simply is not from God.  Afterwards go to your Pastor or a few women grounded solidly in the Word of God and seek counsel over what you believe the Lord has spoken to you and ask them to help you discern what you heard.  Take what they say and compare it to God’s word.  This seems like a long drawn out task to undertake, and it is, but that is a good thing as it keeps us from making rash and emotionally charged decisions.

God bless.

Always loving our Lord,

Lori

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