KEY SCRIPTURE :2Ch 16:9 KJV “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore, from henceforth thou shalt have wars. “
(PLEASE READ 2 Chronicles 16)
God our Father is never partial. He is looking for the man with a perfect heart so that He may reveal His might and faithfulness to that individual. One of the things to look out for, when things are not going well with your work is the state of your heart. King Asa in the previous chapters had been enjoying a very good time with the Lord because he had a perfect heart towards the Lord. In chapter 16 he had war with Israel. He forgot about his dependence on God and went to the Syrian King for help. He took of the gold and silver from God’s temple to give king Benhadad to go and fight King Baasha the Israeli king. Despising God to trust in the arm of the flesh ultimately ends in failure
King Asa at this moment compromised God’s word. All the ornaments in the temple were holy utensils which should never be given to any man. Compromise in any form is a betrayal of your trust in the Lord. The Lord sent a prophet to expose his error but, he got mad with the man of God. (2 Chronicles 16:10). He put the man of God in prison instead. What could have turned a man God described as having a perfect heart to an outright arrogant individual? He allowed his success to take over his heart. When a man loses his grip on God as his strength, support and everything he can easily fall into pride. Dear servant of God, don’t allow success to breed pride in you.
The man of God told him he would not cease to have wars. He could have humbled himself before God and cried for mercy. The wars did not even start but was attacked by a disease in his feet. He perpetuated his error by refusing to seek the Lord and rather went after the physicians. Pride will cheaply put you out of God’s influence. He was the king, yet, he had backsliding from following the Lord. Dear child of God may you never be in church yet very far from the Lord. Demons had the cheap grounds to attack him since he had lost the covering of the Lord. You would never suffer such a thing, because you would be obedient to the Lord in Jesus name.
God has blessed me. His blessings make me humbler for I always acknowledge that I am nothing without Him. I experience an over flow of His grace.
James 4:6 KJV “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Proverbs 16:18 KJV “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”