Every night my wife and I read another chapter of the Bible and yesterday in our reading from 2 Chronicles we came across this verse…
…and he went out to meet King Asa as he was returning from the battle. “Listen to me, Asa!” he shouted. “Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.
2 Chronicles 15:2
You know how there are times when you feel like maybe God has abandoned you? You know He hasn’t because of Jesus but it’s still feels like it. Well in the days of king Asa that’s what He told the people, “stay with me and I’ll stay with you, leave me and I’ll leave you.” That must’ve been a horrible feeling to finally realize that God left them, and they’d have no one to blame but themselves. God left them because they first left Him.
What did people keep leaving God for? All sorts of idols and false gods, gods that neither spoke to them like the Lord did or gave them the promise of protection like only the one true God could.
Before we judge them for their foolishness maybe we should take a look at ourselves first, how many times have we put something ahead of Jesus that promises us nothing more than instant gratification that we’ll forget about tomorrow?
Later on in the chapter king Asa was getting rid of the idols detestable in the Lord’s sight and he came across one that his very own grandmother had made, he took that idol, smashed it and burned it up. Perhaps that should be an example for us.
Let’s take Jesus’ advice and take the speck out of our eyes, let’s take the idols in our lives and smash them! Throw them in the flames and be rid of them. It’s these things called sin that separate us from our Father in Heaven. Thankfully we have Jesus, He keeps us connected with the Father and He will never leave us, even when it feels like He has, He hasn’t.
King Asa even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole, broke it up, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
2 Chronicles 15:16
In short, and in keeping with the previous post, stay with Him. He won’t abandon you, even if it feels like He has. Remember that Jesus paid the price and the Holy Spirit dwells within you.
Have a great day!