Author - Nathan Leuthold
2 Chronicles 16:7
At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.”
Rather than rely on God and face Baasha king of Israel himself, Asa tried to be clever and hired the Syrians to take care of Baasha’s army. Does this remind you of how whenever you try to employ your own wisdom instead of God’s it often backfires or results in unintended consequences? It sure brings to mind many times in my life…you would think I’d learn! Hanani pointed out how Asa turned to God in times of great peril (verse 8), yet when facing a more minor challenge, Asa decided to rely on the king of Syria. Asa’s decision didn’t result in immediate, disastrous effects, but did lead to long-term consequences in the form of wars from then on (verse 9).
Do you see these delayed repercussions in your life? Times when you walked in your own wisdom, and it seemed to work out ok, but later on you began to see the fruit of that decision, and it wasn’t as good as you had hoped? Even Asa’s reaction, when confronted by Hanani, is similar to how I often react, lashing out at the person confronting me, and even those around me. My own lack of faith in these instances that led to walking in my own wisdom resulted in my sinning against people I cared about deeply.
You know the real kicker, the part that hits me right between the eyes…it’s that God promises to give us his wisdom if we’ll only ask! James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” But you might be saying, “what if I don’t like what God’s wisdom entails, what if it’s harder, messier or more uncomfortable than my idea for handling the situation,” and, guess what…you might be right; but you can rest in the truth that God knows what is best for us, now and in the long run!
Lord, I confess that I often want to walk in my own wisdom, handling every situation the way I think is best. Help me to repent of my desire to rely on myself, and for my lack of faith that you know and want what is best. Lord, give me your wisdom for all aspects of my life, those that seem large and those that seem small.