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2 Chronicles 1:15 - 16:14
by Ron Rose
In the southern kingdom the people of God faced similar problems to those in the north. During the reign of Rehoboam, the grandson of David, the people ignored the commands of God, and so God permitted Shishak, king of Egypt, to invade Jerusalem and ransack the temple. God, however, did not let Shishak destroy the people, because they submitted themselves to God once again.
God sent a prophet to have a woodshed talk with his misguided king, but this time Asa didnt listen to the Lord. Instead, he imprisoned the prophet and treated some of his own people cruelly. As a result of Asas disobedience, the nation suffered through wars for the rest of his reign. Even when Asa became seriously ill, he did not look to God for help. Asa had begun well, but he ended his life with his back turned to God.
Reflection: Asas reign started with power and ended with a whimper. Even though he had experienced Gods trustworthiness as an ally, in Asas later years he chose instead to depend on his own schemes. Perhaps Asa believed he could handle things on his own. Perhaps he had grown proud of his accomplishments. After all he had brought revival to the land, and the nation was at peace. But as soon as Asa tried to save the nation and himself by his own power, he failed, and the nation ended up at war. Anytime we put our faith in human abilities over God, we are certain to have conflict and ultimately to fail.
Author: Ron Rose
Publication Date: February 20, 2002
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