by Rev Joel Yong
2 Chronicles 16:7-12
At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars. Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time. The acts of Asa, from first to last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians.
Just a chapter ago, Asa obeyed God’s Word.
But how quickly a man turns to rely on other sources of help!
It is written that he relies on alliances with Syria to try to obtain victory.
Hanani reminded Asa that God had helped Asa triumph over the Libyans and Ethiopians even though they were a mighty army.
There was no need for Asa to turn to a Syrian alliance.
Why did Asa do this?
It sounds to me like he got too big for his own shoes.
Somewhere in his journey as a king, he began to overestimate his own abilities and importance and underestimate the amount of help he needed from God to get this far.
Instead of “Thank you God for getting me this far. I am nothing as king, without you.”
Asa began to say “Thank God I am such an awesome king who can get us thus far.”
No wonder even when Asa fell ill, he even refused to turn to God for help.
He thought “I know best.” And sought aid from whom he ‘knew’ best to be the most ‘reliable’ avenue of help.
What a reminder for you and I … in our growth and development, may we never forget that its God alone who deserves all the credit.