Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 31
As we continue in our series through 2 Chronicles, we see again a common theme throughout the Old Testament—it is easy to confuse what God does through us as something we do on our own. We are so quick to forget what God has done in our lives.
In this chapter, we see that Amaziah was a man who followed God, but not fully (verse 2). He had a heart set on God and it showed in his actions at the beginning of his reign. He justly took the lives of the servants who killed his father, but did not go further than what the Law stipulated. He also followed the advice of a “man of God” in terms of how to fight the battle against the men of Seir. He saw victory because of the counsel given by God through the man, but instead of worshipping Yahweh, he took the idols of the people he had defeated and worshipped them. God sent a prophet who asked an obvious question: “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” (verse 15) God had just won him victory! But instead of worshipping the source of his victory, he turned to the fake idols of the defeated.
What can we draw from this?
If our hearts are only partially focused on God, they will soon be fully focused on something else. It would be easy for us to see the example of Amaziah and mock him for his foolishness. But this passage speaks to us today just as much as God was speaking to Amaziah in his day. If our hearts are not fully focused on God, they will be focused on something else. Amaziah followed God until he found success, and instead of giving credit to God, he credits himself. As you read the chapter, you might’ve wondered to yourself, “why would he start worshipping random idols that obviously have no power over the living God who provided the victory?” A simple answer is that worshipping wooden idols demanded little from him. It allowed all of the credit to be given to him instead of God.
Today, it is really easy for us to take credit from a situation that was obviously an act of God. The book of James tells us that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). How often do we remember God in the rough times but forget him in the good times? It’s because we want God to bring us through things we can’t control, but once we have control, we forget God. We forget God easily because we are naturally more in love with our selves than we are with God. This is because we are sinners who are separated from God. Because of this, we must remind ourselves everyday of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross, crushing sin, allowing us to live a life that can be lived fully for God.
Wherever you are today, take a moment to thank God for Jesus. Jesus is the only person who has ever had a heart that was perfectly whole before God. Because of his death and resurrection we have the power to give ourselves fully to God as well.
Posted by: Graham Withers