“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 had started off is reign as king of Judah serving God very well. Later on, Baasha, king of Israel, chose to fight against him. Instead of going to God for help, he went to Ben-Hadad, king of Aram for help. God sent a prophet to Asa, condemning him for his actions, and stating that from that point on he would be at war. Asa never followed God anymore the rest of his life.
There are many people who start out, at some point early in their life, following God very well. They go to church every time the doors are open, they read their Bible daily, pray constantly, and tell others about Jesus. They have started out on the right track.
Later, in life, however, something comes up, a catastrophe, sickness, loss, or some major threat, and they choose to do things their own way. The decision to stop listening and following God starts. One who had been known to be on fire for God, is all of a sudden not living for God.
God is looking for people whose hearts are committed to Him. They have set their minds on following Him, no matter what happens.
As a fallen human being, you cannot have the strength in yourself to do everything right or to do what God wants you to do. You will fall and fail, just like Adam did. You need God to hold you up.
In order for God to hold you up, you must seek Him and rely on His strength. It is only with God that all things become possible.
You have to choose today that you will do only what God wants you to do, and do it in the way He wants you to do it. As you do that, God will step in and give you the needed strength and favor for it to happen.
Do not become like Asa and forget about God. Do not allow yourself to fall away from serving God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Have a fully committed heart to God. Let God keep you going strong.
I pray today that you will have a heart that is committed to God; that you will trust in God’s strength, power and ways; that you will not turn away from God; and that you will not do anything foolish.