Thursday, April 14, 2011
We are living in some very tough economic times. Unemployment is high. People have and are losing their jobs. There is more unemployment for people in the 50-65 age bracket then ever before. Houses are being given back to the bank. These are times when we need support to help us carry our burdens. In fact anytime that we meet hard times we need burden supporters.
Many years ago, I came across a passage of scripture that I took on as my life verse. It comes out of a story of a king named Asa. King Asa was a very good king and sought the Lord when he needed advice. Support and direction was given by God for whatever Asa sought. In the later years of Asa’s life, rather than seeking the Lord regarding an enemy that had come to fight against him, he turned to his neighbor Ben-Hadad, king of Aram. the enemy was afraid of Ben-Hadad who aligned himself with Asa and removed himself from fighting against Asa. It seemed like the plan worked, but Asa didn’t seek the Lord.
God came to King Asa and said to him, “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth, that He may strongly support those whose hearts are completely His.” (II Chronicles 16:9) Think about this verse for a minute. At this very second, the eyes of the Lord are moving across this great planet and are hearing everything we say, seeing everything we do, and observing everything we are thinking about. At this very second. His eyes are continually moving to look for those whose hearts are completely His. He wants to STRONGLY support us. Not just support but strongly support us. What is our responsibility? It is to have a heart that is totally devoted to Him. It means that in whatever circumstance that we meet, we seek the Lord for His wisdom and His guidance. It means that we don’t turn to our logical side and seek to solve the problem by turning to others for help as Asa did. A heart completely devoted to Him would have the elements that were spelled out in my four-part jlog in the previous days of the Healing Process.
The rest of this passage is a sad commentary on Asa as the Lord finishes II Chronicles 16:9 by saying that Asa had erred in not seeking the Lord, but looking to a neighbor to help him out and from now on he would have wars. There are consequences of being wholly devoted to the Lord–we would experience His strong support. The result of turning to others for help results in problems that come in waves.
On this journey, taking time to repair our heart so that it is totally His can spell much heartache and pain.