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asa v. hezekiah

God can use us phenomenally and commend us for yielding to and trusting Him, but it’s not a one-time-forever consecration. Every day, every decision, every action must be presented on the altar of sacrifice to the Lord.

The Bible records that Asa and Hezekiah, two of Judah’s 20 kings, made some audacious decisions, trusting God. Both of them committed foolish, bone-headed errors as well. How is it one minute we see them doing well, pleasing the Lord and the very next verse making hasty choices based on arrogance or pride?

What are the consequences when pride motivates? Both of these kings became lifted up and looked to other things instead of God. The Lord says in Jeremiah 17:5, “Cursed be the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm.”

“And Asa, in the thirth and ninth year of his reign, was diseased in his feet, until his disease was very great; yet in his disease he sought not the Lord, but the physicians.
“And Asa slept with his fathers; and died…(2 Chronicles 16:12,3).

It was not enough that Asa sought the Lord for help once or twice. He was warned by the prophet Azariah that AS LONG AS HE SOUGHT THE LORD he would be found by Him. Not heeding that warning proved fatal. Maybe his mistake served as a lesson for Hezekiah years later.

“In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death, and prayed to the Lord, and he spoke unto him, and he gave him a sign” (2 Chronicles 32:2).

On several occasions it is noted that King David consulted the Lord for His counsel as a matter of habit before acting. When we take the time to stop and seek God instead of a knee jerk reaction, we can avoid some of our problems.

It is humbling to have to depend on God. We like to have the answers, to handle things ourselves. The results we read about in the Bible of men and women who trusted and sought God should be enough evidence to convince us that through our God we shall do valiently.

He is able to do abundantly above all we are able to ask or think.

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