Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

An unstable heart

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2 Chronicles 16:12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians.

The story of King Asa offers some insights about our relationship with God, the need to watch over it carefully that we may not go astray. Asa started his reign on a right footing with God, he sought the Lord with all his heart and the Lord was with him, granting him spectacular victories over his enemies.

He carried out reforms in the land which were pleasing unto God, so much was his desire for God that he even banished his own grandmother from the land because of her idolatrous ways, doing so from a heart that sought to please the Lord. But sadly the life of the one who sought the Lord so passionately and with such devotion in the beginning, came to an end with his heart turned away from God, such that even when the Lord reached out to him, he shunned Him.

How can a man turn away from God in such a spectacular manner, how can the heart of man be so seduced and lured away from the manner of relationship that was recorded in this book between Asa and God? These are questions that we ought to reflect upon, because as the scripture informs, the heart of man is desperately wicked, deceptive above all things.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? – Jeremiah 17:9

As a result, these questions needs pondering upon by all including the one who might think that they are standing on a sure footing in their relationship with God, because of the deception that is found in the heart of man, one which can easily lure him away deceptively from his Maker.

Perhaps one incident that was recorded against Asa which provided an insight is that which informed us that Asa turned to man for help and refused to accept the rebuke that came as a result of his folly. The one who once trusted in God while making Him his trusted companion, Helper, Friend and Lord suddenly turned all those affection and devotion which such a relationship deserved and demanded unto man. The way the scripture labelled this manner of turn around is...the love of the world. So strong was Asa’s newly found love for the world that all the attempts made by God to bring his heart back was rebuffed! He ignored the rebuke that came through the prophet sent to him. Struck down by an affliction for years, in the hope that he might come to a place of repentance and seek the Lord, Asa refused to trace his way back to the warm embrace of God, one who delights in the repentance of a sinner and eager to forgive.

Here lies the danger one which we all ought to be wary of, one which the question that arises draws our attention to. What could capture and influence the that was once devoted to God to become irredeemably set against God? Whatever that answer might be, our prayers should always be, Lord deliver my heart from anything that will turn it away from your love and will for me.