Who do you trust? Who do you really trust? You might already be thinking of a list in your mind of people who you trust deeply and completely. Siblings, parents, children, spouse, friends maybe are on your “short list” of truly trustworthy people. But, what about the Lord, do you trust Him? You probably say, “YES, of course I trust the Lord”, but do you really? I believe our actions speak much louder than words, and sometimes our words say, “I trust you”, but our actions declare, “I don’t think you have this…”.
We have reached the point of 2 Chronicles where kings of Judah are given in rapid succession. Some good, many bad, but each of their lives are summed up in a matter of a couple chapters. The “highlights” of their careers as kings are given in simple yet profound details.
Asa is an interesting character. He was a good king who did right in the eyes of the Lord, and saw one of the most prosperous times of Judah since Solomon. Early in his life, he trusted God to defeat an army of a 1,000 1,000s (AKA ONE MILLION!). They were sunk, and he put his complete trust and faith in the Lord. God delivered them miraculously.
After a victory like that, you would think Asa would trust the Lord in every area of his life. Sadly, his trust in the Lord did not grow, but rather shrank as his rule continued.
On two occasions he did not trust in the Lord when he should have. First, he trusted in Syria to provide military aid, and second, he trusted physicians to cure his diseased feet. There is nothing wrong with alliances or physicians, but the problem was that Asa did not seek the Lord. He began to put his trust in other things besides the Lord, and began to doubt the Lord could/would take care of him.
Too often in our lives we place trust in any and everything besides the Lord. When we should turn to Him first, He often becomes a last resort for many. Prayer is many times reserved for the times when our back is against the wall and we have no other options. Prayer should be our first option, and our most relied on source of trust.
I may have a short list of those I trust deeply, but on the top of that list I want the Lord to be placed. Not just in theory or thought, but in reality, and action. When difficulties come in your life turn to the LORD first… trust Him.
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