Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 2 Chr 6 (Monday 6.26)
In this chapter, Solomon does what a good king should: he sets an example for Israel by humbling himself before God. In this, he does three things: he exalts the LORD most high, he holds God to His promise of blessing, and he asks for forgiveness.
Remember, Solomon was the wisest person ever. If anyone could claim to know their stuff, it was this guy. Yet he didn’t even try to claim to be smarter than or as smart as God (at least up to this point). He knew that God couldn’t be contained or understood in the least, much less tamed or manipulated. He knew that God was awesome, holy, and just.
Solomon knew that the whole “if we just follow your law with our whole hearts and minds” deal was humanly impossible. He knew that no one could measure up to God’s standard; no one could obey perfectly.
But he leaned on God’s promises anyway, because he also knew that God was good. Although it was God’s holiness that made forgiveness necessary, it was His goodness that made it possible. Since no man could keep their end of the Covenant, Solomon had to trust God to take the loss and show grace to His people as He had before.
In this situation, we actually catch a glimpse of the New Covenant that hadn’t yet come: King Jesus humbled Himself to exalt God the Father; Jesus made God’s promises of blessing possible and true; Jesus measured up to God’s standard by obeying perfectly; God Himself upholds both sides of the New Covenant, and takes the loss for our forgiveness.
For Reflection: Do you think that you need God’s forgiveness? Can you follow God’s rules perfectly, with your whole heart and mind? Thank God for blessing you in Jesus, and showing you grace.
Read 2 Chr 16:1-10 (7.1 Saturday)
Here we have a classic case of “What was he thinking?” King Asa was doing so well for the 35 years he was seeking the Lord, and then he had to go and ruin it by taking things into his own hands. It’s easy for me to look at Asa and think, “Nooooo, whyyyyyy?” But that’s because I know the outcome of his story.
In all honesty, the action Asa took against king Baasha is pretty logical, at least from a human perspective. Pay someone to kick out the other king who’s usurping your land. The bad guys leave, and everything’s all right again. Hey, you even get some free building materials out of it! Good deal.
Asa didn’t ask the LORD for His guidance in the matter, he just went ahead and did what he thought would work. He completely forgot about all the times God defeated his enemies (including the army of 1,000,300 in chapter 14), he relied on human victory, and ignored God’s plan in the process.
You might wonder, if Asa was a good king up till that point, why did his decision so displease God? Why didn’t God just let it slide? The fact is, every decision made apart from God is offensive to Him. That goes for us today, too. Whenever we rely on our own judgement like Asa did, instead of listening for God’s command through scripture and prayer, we claim to know better than He. No one knows better than God.
So what happened to Asa after God reprimanded him? He basically became a bitter brat: he didn’t repent nor return to the LORD, even though it was an option, thus turning down the blessing in v9: “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
For Reflection: Do you seek God’s will when you make plans? Do you get angry at God when your plans don’t work out the way you intend, or do you thank Him for knowing better than you? Thank God for knowing your heart and supporting you as you seek His will above your own.
Reflections written by: Sarah Rico