Asa’s life is full of ups and downs. He cried out to God at some critical times, but then at other times, forgot He was a option. He aggressively removed the Asherah, but neglected the high places. He ran to the LORD when there was no hope, but relied on reasonable resources (government allies and healthcare) when they could be found. This wasn’t what God was hoping for Asa.
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (16:9)
The LORD told Israel, back in Deuteronomy, to beware of the day of plenty:
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14)
In these days here in France, wondering where God is leading, trying to be faithful each day to the things He’s called me to, I long for a day when I won’t be so desperate. But really, this is a fine place to be: fully aware of my need for Him. Not defaulting to cushy resources. I want to run the race to the finish, not end up crippled and bitter.
God lead me in dismantling anything that would dare share my devotion to You. I don’t want to leave any “high places” but I’m blind to some of those, for sure. I want to clean house and leave your throne room full of You and You alone. Thank you for being here in my desperation and answering me prayers each day. You are amazing and I love You.