Friday, April 20, 2018

2 Chronicles 16:7-10 -- On Anger versus Repentance

"And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time."
2 Chronicles 16:7-10

This is a cool little story.  Hanani comes and tells Asa that he isn't relying on the Lord, and that is the reason for the recent setback.  He provides an example of when Asa did better.  Hanani tells Asa what the consequences of his lack of reliance on the Lord will be.

At this point in the story Asa has a choice, and it is the same choice that we all have when faced with similar situations.  Do we repent and turn back to the Lord, or do we get angry, and keep choosing something other than God?  Unfortunately, Asa chooses to get angry, and he throws Hanani in jail.

The thing about getting angry though is that it doesn't do any good, and it doesn't change the facts.  Asa could be mad all day, but Hanani was still telling the truth.  Throwing him in jail didn't change anything.

Today, let's work on relying on the Lord rather than putting anything else first or discounting God's advice.  And when we are reminded or even chastised, as will happen from time to time in our lives, let's choose repentance over anger and change our lives for the better rather than for the worse.

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