King Asa of Judah decides to call on Syria to help him fight Israel in today’s 2 Chronicles reading. And God uses the seer Hanani to condemn this action.
Instead, Asa should have relied on God to win the battle, as he did when fighting the Libyans and Ethiopians in previous battles. Hanani recounts:
Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:8-9a
Here’s what caught my attention when I read these verses. “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro,” looking for people to help.
God is constantly scanning the globe to find people with blameless hearts, whole hearts, hearts that fully lean on Him. He’s looking for people who understand that they are lost unless they trust God to win the battles. And He provides strong support for them.
Boy, what a statement!! What a promise!! God constantly looks for people who know they need His help – so that He can provide that help.
I need to list a bunch of battles in my life and call on God to help me win them. Because He’s eyes are looking for me to do that!
Dear Lord: Help me to take time to write out my battles, then seek your strong support. Amen.