Monday, September 14, 2009

Blameless or Foolish?

2 Chron. 16:7"Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. 8Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand. 9 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."

I have heard this verse quoted so many times and there is a part that is positive, which should really give us encouragement. BUT the context is not positive at all. It is a judgment passed on from "the seer" to Asa.

Look at it closely. The context previous to this was that Asa just called in some favors. This was not wicked from man's perspective at all. In fact most every person I know would give this advise. Call in the favors you are owed to help you get out of a jamb. Isn't this good stewardship?

But the seer reminds Asa that the last time he was in a jamb he sought ONLY the Lord and the Lord delivered him out of a much tighter place than he was currently in.

How often I have done the same thing. I don't want to do this, but my flesh is so weak. I want to be blameless and not foolish. In this context blameless is having no plan "B". That was Asa's sin. God had previously been his plan "A" and he figured he would call in some favors and not bother God with this small deal, but God wants to be called on every time and to be our only option.

The balance of Asa's days were not good. He never trusted God again. He died angry with God; that He would tell him that using the other options was foolish.

I was actually just thinking this before I read this passage. I was thinking that I really have no other plan except God. That might seem sort of narrow focused and not very diverse, but isn't God calling diversification in these kinds of instances sin? There is only one, strongly supported, way out of every situation and it is God.

May I not be a fool and lean on my own understanding. May I rejoice in the fact that I have but one Option. May I trust Him fully as He does all I need Him to do, in every situation and all for my good and His glory.

Please pray for PG as things have been a little slower than I would like; though He knows all and provides, He wants to be asked for His continued care for our daily needs. He knows and cares, so I will trust Him with my life and know that this is the greatest place to be single minded.

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