The Lord’s Eyes

Though Asa has generally been a good king, he makes a mistake by taking matters into his own hands when the King of Israel attacks his land.  Instead of consulting with God first, he makes his own alliance with the king of Aram in order to increase his odds of winning the battle.

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand.  For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”   — 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

I love that last verse, since it reveals an attribute of God which I don’t often consider.  “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  I like the idea of God looking up and down the lands of the earth and seeking people to whom He can give strength and encouragement.  Do we think of God in this way?  Do we give Him the credit of paying individual attention to each of our lives – as a good Father would?


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