July 18: If It Ain’t Broke…
Most of us have heard the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, as long as something is working, there’s no need for change. Perhaps that bit of wisdom wasn’t available for King Asa of Judah because in Second Chronicles chapter 16, he changed the way he dealt with God, and that change led to his own ruin.
Asa and the people of Judah had been experiencing peace and prosperity. The people had followed the king’s example and everyone relied on God. In chapter 14, they saw God deliver them from an attack by a million-man Ethiopian army when they had been greatly outnumbered. In chapter 15, God encouraged the king by letting him know that because of his trust in God, his work would be rewarded. Oded’s prophecy and the king’s reaction were as follows:
For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law; but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them. But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage… 2 Chronicles 15:3-4, 7-8 (NKJ).
For a while after this, King Asa and the people were gung-ho about pleasing the God. They “removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin… restored the altar of the Lord… [and] gathered in great numbers from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with [King Asa]… They offered to the Lord at that time seven hundred bulls and seven thousand sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12 Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul… Then they took an oath before the Lord with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams’ horns. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.” The king even removed his own mother “from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron” 2 Chronicles 15:8-17. Chapter 15 ends by telling us “and there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa” (15:18).
Ah, but then comes chapter 16. After 35 years of enjoying the peace that came with serving the Lord with his whole heart, a problem arose. King Asa had apparently become self-confident. The three-and-a-half decades of comfort had hypnotized him into the belief that he could handle his problems without God.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Keep depending on God and doing things His way. That’s what works. Worship God today for being trustworthy.
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