The eyes of the Lord
This week I have been reading 2 Chronicles.
It’s the second part account of the history of Israel.
However, it specifically focuses on the kings of Judah after the death of king Solomon which saw his kingdom divided.
Chapter 16 covers the reign of Solomon’s great-grandson king Asa.
He had relied on the help of a foreign king to help him when threatened by the king of Israel.
This did not please God and so he sent a prophet (or seer) to reprimand him...
This may seem like a hard-hitting rebuke! However it does reveal God’s heart.
Firstly, we see that God wanted a relationship with the king Asa, as he spoke to him via the prophet.
God did not leave king Asa to rule on his own.
Secondly, the prophet Hanani showed king Asa a bigger perspective of God - that He was actually looking for ways to help, to get involved, with the king and others who were committed to following His ways!
Today, God does not leave you on your own. He wants to have a real relationship with you.
And he is actively looking how He can help and strengthen you, as you live your life for Him!
Gary Bastin - Hope Community Church leader