March 26, 2020 - Asa
When I woke up this morning, I thought about our God and how He is a God of grace and mercy. Isn't it amazing that we have a God that we can seek out in good times and bad times. The good news is that He is always available and ready and willing to answer our beckoning call. If you need Him today, call on Him.
I refer you this morning to 2 Chronicles 15:1-7. This scripture spoke to me as I read my devotional. In this time of uncertainty, may it speak to you also. Our president has referred to this Pandemic as a war. If we consider it a war, then let us not go into battle without our God. The question for today is this, "Are we attempting to fight this battle without our God?" May we be like King Asa today in the text that follows, one who became obedient to God, but also loved to hear others share a message from God.
"Then the Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded., 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. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the Law to instruct them. But whenever they were in trouble and turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him out, they found him.
During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem. But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded."
As we reference the above text, it helps us to know that Asa was the King of Judah and Azariah was a prophet. Asa had a close relationship with God and was attentive to others who also had a close relationship. He listened carefully to the messages from others regarding God. Azariah warned and encouraged the people to stay close to God. In this crisis, it is of utmost importance that we stay close to God.
I would suggest that we take heed and understand that our God will stay with us as long as we stay with Him. Now is not the time to abandon God, it is the time to lean on Him and trust Him. Today my brothers and sisters, I encourage you to turn away from what you are accustomed to relying on, if it be your strategies for making life work for you, instead trust God implicitly even if it does not make sense from a human perspective.
Secondly, if you seek him you will find him. You do not have to look far, for we know that He is a present help in time of trouble and He is always in our presence.
Thirdly, my brothers and sisters continue to be strong and courageous. Be strong enough to stay home. Have the will power to relax and stay out of harm's way. Again, let God fight this battle for us, but we must take refuge in Him.
To get the full essence of this message, I refer you to the entire chapter of 2 Chronicles 15.
Not a sermon, just a thought!