2 Chronicles 16:9 – 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.
Whom do you seek in times of desperation? When the world turns in on you? When all hope seems lost?
Asa, the King of Judah, went through such a phase. Baasha, King of Israel, blocked the entrance of Judah by building a city called Ramah. The intent was to not allow anyone enter nor leave Judah. This meant total control in the hands of Baasha. At such a desperate time, Asa thought and acted like an unbeliever. He had forgotten how God had gotten him victory over the huge army of the Ethiopians and the Libyans. He failed to remember God’s character. He sought the help of Israel’s common enemy Ben-hadad, King of Syria. Did that help? Yes, but only momentarily. God was not happy with Asa for putting his trust on man rather than the Lord of the Armies – God Almighty!
Who do you trust when you are victimised and you want deliverance?
Whom do you turn to when you are made to feel insignificant and small?
When the balance in your account is zero, what desperate steps do you take to make ends meet?
What do you do when you receive a horrible report from the doctors?
What is the first thought when disaster strikes?
Hanani, the seer, went to Asa and reminded him of God-given victories in earlier battles and informs him that because he relied not on the Lord, his God, Syria escaped from his hands which gave birth to further battles. That’s when Hanani says that God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him.
Only the wise know that God is constantly with them!