Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15: 16-22; 2 Chronicles 16: 1-10; 1 Kings 16: 1-34; 1 Kings 15: 23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11 through 17: 19; 1 Kings 17: 1-7
What do you do when times get tough?
- Do you deny there’s a problem?
- Does your problem paralyze you?
- Do you look to other people to solve your problem?
- Do you look for a substance, outlet, or person to make you forget you have a problem?
- Do you try to fix the problem yourself?
King Asa provided a great lesson in right and wrong choices in tough times. He tried two different approaches.
Which one will you choose?
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
In yesterday’s post we talked about laying down our idols so that we can find God. One sure-fire way to discover the idols in our life is to look at what we do when times get tough.
The funny thing about Asa…
…early in his reign as king of Judea, when he fought the Ethiopians and the Libyans he relied on the Lord and his enemies were handed over to him. He knew what to do.
Why did he buy King Aram’s services instead of trusting God to fight his battles?
Looks like a serious case of pride to me. After God specifically called Asa out on not seeking His help, Asa never changed. How sad. It is so easy for a successful person to think they are so powerful that they can buy, talk, or pressure others to get their way.
It seems to me that if God was offended by Asa replacing His power for manpower, then He’s probably offended when we go to people, substances, outlets, or to our own power to handle life’s tough times.
So what should we do?
1. Build a relationship with God when things are going well through prayer, Bible study, and corporate worship.
Friends, we’re either in a crisis, getting over a crisis, or headed into a crisis—we can’t wait until we’re in trouble to get to know the Lord
2. Get involved in some type of small group where you develop deep friendships—Godly counsel and encouragement are a lifeline in tough times.
3. Begin to look for ways to serve others—there’s no better way to survive tough times than get your mind off yourself by helping someone else.
4. Once the storm passes and God helps you through it, testify to His goodness—your testimony could be the encouragement that helps someone else get through their tough time.
Bottom Line: When tough times come, run to your Heavenly Father first and ask Him what to do next.
Praying for you!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 17:8 through 1 Kings 20:22