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When you face troubles and suffering, what do you do? When your plans don’t go according to your will, what do you do?
Do you seek the advice of the world, or do you turn to God?
The Google of that Day
King Ahaz had a good godly example in his life from his father King Jotham.
2 Chronicles 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.
However, when King Ahaz faced troubles, he did not turn to God like his father King Jotham. Rather, he sought help from the king of Assyria. As a result of King Ahaz’s failure to seek God, Judah, which was once a very visible God-fearing nation turned into a pagan nation. In fact, King Ahaz’s grandfather King Uzziah, did what was right in the eyes of the Lord until he thought he could use his power to do as he pleased. He quickly realized that was not true. God struck him with leprosy and he died a leper.
2 Chronicles 26:21 “So King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died.”
Because of King Ahaz, Judah became slaves to the Assyrians. There was no reason – none – for King Ahaz to not seek God’s help when facing trouble. Even as trouble continued to mount – he refused to seek help from the Lord.
2 Chronicles 28:22 “In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord.”
As a leader he caused people to lose faith in God. He scarified his own children. He practiced the pagan worship the Lord had driven out of the nation. Because of this, the Lord allowed the king of Aram to defeat Ahaz and exile large numbers of people to Damascus.
What about you?
Let me ask a question; do you ever read these stories and wonder what God is allowing in your life because of your disobedience to Him? Or do you gloss over them as interesting intriguing stories in the Bible?
Do you ever connect these true stories to your life and relationship to Jesus Christ?
We hear so often how much God loves us – and He does – but do we ever think that some of what we face each day – the defeats and failures is because of our pride by not turning to Him when we struggle? Looking at the life of King Ahaz we know the reason for his failure to turn to God. It doesn’t have to be spelled out at all. It was pride and nothing else that kept him from seeking the Lord.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel bad when I turn to Google first to find an answer to something. You know Google, which likely does not have a lot of godly advice first unless I intentionally look for godly advice. But it’s the first place I turn when I need an answer. It’s not to say God cannot use Google to give people wisdom, but do I ask God first to give me wisdom and He points me somewhere on Google? Not likely. The more we seek help from outside God the more trouble we find ourselves in. How often have you rested in peace on the first answer you found on Google? Or move into action on the first advice you found on Google?
We then have a hard time understanding why we are in so much trouble. We have a hard time understanding why our children are in so much trouble. Your children are likely living their lives from your poor examples; just like the people whom King Ahaz was leading. You might not be putting your children on a statue as a sacrifice, but are you sacrificing their well-being – their life – due to your poor choices?
I think about this all the time. I think about my older son and wonder when I was a non-believer how much I scarified his life by not turning to God when I faced troubles.
Because God loves us so much it’s important for us to seek Him when we face troubles. Some of the failures are not really failures at all. It could be God saving us from sin – saving us from the trouble we will get ourselves into unless our situation changes. BUT – if we choose to not seek God when we face troubles, we’ll never know His true love for us as He leads us down a path of righteousness.
Turn Trouble into His Hope
What are you facing today?
Did you seek God for His wisdom, or did you go to your parents, friends, coworkers, and Google first? Do you think maybe you heard from God, but decided to listen to the advice of a ‘king” instead of Him? Do you not understand why you’re facing so much trouble right now. (Some things we go through are not because of something we did wrong) BUT it could be. Think back on the entire situation. Did you give it to God? Did He lead you? If not, go back to Him in prayer to seek His forgiveness and start over. Don’t sacrifice your life, your children’s life, your friends, your staff – by trusting a “king” over God.
Be like King Jotham who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
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