Would you like to have the favor of God over all you do? Would you like to receive His blessings and experience His mercies day by day?
Asa, the king of Judah, had the wonderful experience of seeing God at work. The story of Asa’s seeking God and calling on all the people of Judah to follow God is a stirring story of faith and blessing (2 Chronicles 15:1-19).
Azariah prophesied the word of the Lord to Asa, telling Asa to seek the Lord. Azariah told the king: “If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you” (2 Chronicles 15:2). In response to those words, Asa led the people in a period of revival and awakening. They removed idols from the land and strengthened the house of the Lord. Then they made a covenant with the Lord to follow and obey Him.
In response, God blessed Asa and gave him peace for twenty years (2 Chronicles 15:19).
That is a wonderful story, but it ended in tragedy. Asa did not wholly follow the Lord. In spite of having seen God’s blessings, in a time of trouble Asa turned away from God and looked to help from human sources. He made a treaty with the Syrians and gave gold and silver from the Lord’s house to the king of Syria.
The actions of Asa prevented the blessings God had given at other times. Hanani the prophet told Asa he would no longer receive God’s favor.
Hanani told Asa that God desires to bless. He looks for faithful people upon whom His favor may rest. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Asa and all his kingdom suffered because He turned from the Lord.
What about you?
2 Chronicles 16:9 gives us two power packed lessons. First, God wants to bless. His eyes range throughout the earth looking to bless faithful people. Second, our lack of faith and submission to God rob us of God’s blessings.
Let us turn to the Lord and seek Him that we may enjoy His presence with us.
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