Reading through the Bible together
Will you finish well? There are many good starters. We’ve seen them flash out of the starting blocks—Saul, Solomon, Rehoboam, and now Asa. Saul was head and shoulders above the others. None could compare to Solomon. Asa’s victory and reforms were outstanding. But the race is long and even good runners tire.
Asa took his eyes off the Lord and used silver and gold from God’s treasury to buy help from Ben-Hadad of Syria. Hanani came to remind the king that it’s a mistake to lean on man. What happened next is significant. King Asa got so mad he put the prophet in prison. Later, with a foot disease he refused to seek the Lord and kept going to the physicians. Soon thereafter he died.
Such stupid pride keeps us from repenting! God is so gracious, so ready to forgive. There is no sin He can’t forgive, except the one for which we refuse to ask. Loyalty doesn’t mean never failing. Loyalty means always returning to the source of strength.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (verse 9).
Get up. Run again. Finish well!
Pastor Scott Griswold