The Sign of Maturity
“The Lord keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him. You have acted foolishly, and so from now on you will always be at war. “ (2 Chronicles 16:9 GNT)
King Asa had trusted the Lord early on in his reign, and God had given the people a great victory against a mighty army. But later on in life, the king relied on his own devices and human alliances, and he experienced a great defeat that affected, not only his own life, but also the lives of the people under his authority. There is an important lesson to be learned from the latter years of King Asa’s reign. They show us that we have to be careful as we grow older in the Lord, because the length of time we are serving God does not necessarily translate into greater maturity. Remember that the most mature Christian is not the person who struts around and knows everything, but the one who leans on Jesus for everything. Let’s learn from the life of King Asa, and let’s ask God through his Holy Spirit to keep us tender and trusting and dependent upon him, no matter how many years we are walking with him.
Read 2 Chronicles 16:1-10 to learn about the latter years of King Asa’s reign.