In 2 Chronicles 16 we see King Asa, who started of his reign by trusting God in everything. And later we see he went on seeking human help and his country got into wars and he died miserably with an illness that affected his foot.
Do you trust God? The quick answer may be ‘Yes’. But take a moment to look into your life and try to an answer this question. Many times it is easy to trust the people around us, or our strengths or resources and wealth that God gave us instead of trusting in God.
This has few extremes.
- There are few people who doesn’t trust God at all .
- Few others trust God and they fail to do their responsibilities and becomes lazy .
- And there are few others who choose to trust God in only certain circumstances or areas of life.
When we look into the life of King Asa, we read in the initial verses of chapter 15, how he trusted God with everything . When he was faced with challenges he inquired of the Lord and did What God asked him to do. And he had success. He set his heart on godly things. From reinstating worship of God in the Kingdom to removing idols from his own home, he was following God’s heart in everything.
Through prophet Azariah God spoke to Asa and the 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.”
2 Chronicles 15:2 NLT
So King Asa,
- Took courage and removed idols from all the land.
- he repaired the altar of the Lord, which stood in front of the entry room of the Lord’s Temple.
- the people offered sacrifices to the Lord
- Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul.
- king Asa even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole, broke it up, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
So God gave them rest and there was no war until the 35th year of King Asa’s reign.
Trusting God in our small and big things
Asa trusted God in big things but not in small things.
But on the 36th year when the Baasha king of Israel came up against him, instead of seeking God Almighty who gave him rest all these years , he decided to call in some favors from the king of Aram and formed an alliance with him and Asa put his trust in him.
At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”
2 Chronicles 16:7-9 NLT
In the past Asa trusted in God he had a great victory against the Ethiopians. This victory is mentioned in chapter 14 of 2 Chronicles.
King Asa had an army of 580,000 warriors from the tribe of Judah and Benjamin. Once an Ethiopian named Zerah attacked Judah with an army of 1,000,000 men and 300 chariots. Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!” So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled.
But this same Asa who trusted God when he was faced with a big mighty Army, thought he doesn’t need God for small issues. And we see in the rest of the chapter how God dealt with him. He died miserably and his country went into war.
In our life also, we tell God that we need Him and trust Him to do wonders when we are faced with Red Sea like situations. But when experiences like Mara comes we grumble and complain against God and look into wrong places for answers.
Asa didn’t trust God in his sickness.
“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned only to his physicians.”
2 Chronicles 16:12 NLT
In our life also sometimes situations like these may come. Situations that will really shake us, that are beyond our strength. Are we able to trust God in those difficult situations? Or do we limit God and His strength, trusting more in our understanding and knowledge of humans than the Almighty God.
God expects us to be fully loyal to Him, to have a heart that is fully committed to God. And in fact the verse that we read in the beginning says God is looking everywhere for those kind of people, so He can show Himself strong on behalf of those people.
Trusting God is not Testing God. When we trust God completely it shows our insufficiency and His sufficiency. Knowing that Christ is enough and we need Him every moment of life comes from a humble heart. Bible says God dwells with people who have a humble and contrite heart .But testing God comes from a prideful heart. That is laziness and taking God’s grace and blessings for granted. That kind of person is not thankful. We should not be the people who tests God.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”Jeremiah 17:7 NLT
Those who trust in God are like trees planted by the streams of waters. No matter how bad the circumstances are, they will flourish and will be fruitful. Psalms 125:1 says those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. God our loving father, He holds our future in His hands. Our future is His past. No one is more trustworthy that our Lord Jesus Christ. Even when things don’t go as we plan or desire, still choose to trust in God. Surrender to Him all your plans. Let him lead you. We all come to cross roads in our life where we stand still, not knowing what to do. But in those moments pray to God, ask Him to lead you. He will certainly guide you in the right way. God will put right people in your life to give you Godly counsel. I have personally experienced this in my life so many times. Sometimes God will speak to you through His word, or may be through a friend or through the nature. The entire creation is eagerly waiting for God’s command and God is waiting for us to trust in Him so He can show Himself strong on our behalf!!!
So will you trust Him completely? Trust Him and pray for ‘everything’; yes ‘everything’. And we will not worry about ‘anything’!!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
May God bless you all💛🙏