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In 2 Chronicles 15, the Spirit of God came upon Azariah and he delivered a prophetic message. It was a message of hope, encouragement, and also a reminder. It was given to strengthen King Asa to do the tasks before him and the Bible says that it gave him the courage to remove idols and repair altars (v. 8).
But whenever they were in trouble and turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him out, they found him. ~2 Chronicles 15:4, NLT
I can see why Asa was emboldened to do the tough stuff, can’t you? Not only was he reminded of God’s faithfulness to Israel and the covenant God made, he was given the reassurance that if he were in trouble, God would not be hidden from Him. That will make you stand up taller! After all, if God is for you, who can be against you?
Whenever they were in trouble…
It sure does seem that Israel forgot to turn to God when things were good, doesn’t it? Even here, the prophet specifies that when they were in trouble and turned to God and sought him out, they found him.
Do you do that, too? I know I do.
When things are rolling right along, I get cocky. I start to think I’ve really got a handle on this marriage and motherhood deal and that I’m pretty savvy. I thank God for things, but I don’t always think to ask for His guidance when I don’t think I need it.
Father, forgive me for my arrogance.
And then trouble comes and I fall on my face and cry out for His guidance. Silly, silly me. Maybe if I asked him for it long before trouble came, I’d find myself in less of it.