“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord,” we read in 2 Chronicles 14, and we learn of his reforms. We also read of the battle against the Ethiopians. They came marching out with a vast army and Asa called out to the Lord for help. He said, “There is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty” (v. 11 NLT). They received great victory, a victory that only could come from the Lord.
The Bible continues to say that “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life,” and yet something happened (2 Chronicles 15:17b NLT). Baasha king of Israel was on the attack. Now this time Asa didn’t approach the Lord as he did when the Ethiopians were before him. Instead he took silver and gold from the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and sent it to Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram. Asa’s trust went from the Lord to an army’s power—from the Lord to what money could buy him.
Hanani visited King Asa and informed him of the consequences of his actions. Not only did he miss the opportunity to destroy the army but he also would be at war for the rest of his life. No peace. He was once fully committed but he slipped. Our passage today says, “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” Remember that. When you are facing something, He is ready to strengthen you. You are not alone and you do not need to devise some plan trusting in money and people—trust in Him. Through Christ you can do all things!
“At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, ‘Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the LORD your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the LORD, and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” – 2 Chronicles 16:7-9 [NLT]
Every believer has their own relationship with God, a relationship which can be very different from another believer. Some people, like well-known Brother Lawrence, spend the day talking to God, even while washing the dishes. Then there are other believers who will admit that speaking with God, inquiring of His will for their lives, has not been happening.
In 1 Samuel 13:14, it states that God sought a man after His own heart. Acts 13:22 agrees that David was a man after God’s heart. In being a man after God’s heart, I noticed something David did often. What pops out while reading Scripture is a statement I see numerous times (1 Samuel 30, 2 Samuel 2, 2 Samuel 5, 2 Samuel 12, 1 Chronicles 14, etc.). It simply says that David “inquired of the Lord.”
Inquiring of the Lord isn’t a difficult task. David was considering going into battle, but first he checked to see what God desired. This inquiring of God’s will is something we can do as well. Giving God time, seeking His will in prayer, we can do anywhere and at anytime. If the Lord is to be first place in our lives, there is an investment that we need to make as believers. Inquire of the Lord– it’s an invitation to allow Him to move through your life in some amazing ways!
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” – Colossians 1:17-18 [NASB]