We all have those days...
It seems like 'everything' is going wrong, it seems that we're facing hostility from others. In fact, it bay be actually true that you and I face days in which we are literally being attacked!
Where do you run to?
On days like that, we have a tendency to resort to trying to 'fix' things by ourselves. We may breathe a quick 'help!' prayer, but we tend to try to 'figure it out'. If we know that we can't we'll call some friends who can.
On far too many occasions, if nothing else works and we are at the end of our rope, then we'll really pray...when we've got no options left.
Is God gracious enough to come through even then?
...but wouldn't it be great if we could learn from past experience of His wisdom, love and power so that, in future situations, we'd go to Him first...and stay there?!
Take King Asa, for example. In 2 Chronicles 16, we find him and his kingdom (Judah) being attacked by Baasha and his kingdom (Israel).
It was looking pretty bad for Judah and its king.
So what did the king do? How did he handle this crisis?
Did he call on the God of his ancestors?
Did he petition the God who had recently saved him from a much greater threat?
Instead he took silver and gold out of the Lord's treasury, and sent it to Ben-Hadad, king of Aram. He made a treaty with Ben-Hadad to protect him from Baasha and his army, and he used the silver and gold belonging to the Lord and the temple treasury to do it.
He robbed God and took what was His, and then he slapped God in the face by going to another person, instead of going back to Him (after He had already rescued Asa once).
God sent the prophet Hanani to confront Asa about it.
“Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand.
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 16:7-9)
What was his reaction?
Repentance? Sorrow? Brokenness and regret?
No. Instead he threw Hanani in prison.
Unfortunately, Asa's life from that point forward was filled with war, and he died that way. All of the good things he had done before, and all of the great things he'd experienced from God were out the window.
Asa instead decided to 'figure things out' his own way, instead of relying on, and glorifying, God.
What is the message to us?
When we are facing tough circumstances, or attacks from others, don't wait to go to the Lord as a 'last resort', rather, go to Him FIRST--and remain there! Make the decision to fully follow Him, to fully lean on Him, and to fully trust Him, and HE WILL STRENGTHEN YOU!
He is searching for those who are fully committed to Him, and He wants to support us.
Let's make sure when His eyes see us, they see one who is running...to HIM!