“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9
If we are loyal to God, he gets involved on our behalf: he acts, directs other people’s hearts, lets us find favour and mercy before those in authority and turns around political and historical decisions.
When facing challenges in life, be it those that are particularly difficult or be it experiences we all encounter at some point in our life, who do we rely on to get us through safely and successfully?
A new job for example can be a challenge, it’s an unknown territory with many unknown traps, colleagues we don’t know yet if they are trustworthy, a boss whose temper we are not yet acquainted with.
Leaving the safety of our home for the first time in our life when starting university, we are confronted with a world we didn’t even know existed, a mind-set and a lifestyle we may not have been exposed to while growing up under the protection of our parents.
Life can be scary, and so can the world we are living in. We may not be looking for challenges or conflicts, but what if they come looking for us? Then we must deal with them, whether we want or not.
In this passage about Asa, king of Judah, a prophet puts before him two alternative ways of dealing with a hostile army approaching. Previously, when the mighty Ethiopian army had attacked Judah, Asa had trusted the LORD to be on his side and was victorious. Now, Asa tried to keep Judah save from the northern kingdom of Israel by bribing the Syrian king into attacking Israel. This was not only a betrayal against his fellow Israelites, but also a reliance on worldly wisdom: scheming and manipulating.
God does not want us to rely on our own wisdom or human understanding of handling situations. Blending in, in order to be accepted. Pleasing people. Flattering, pretending, manipulating, coercing, taking advantage of others’ weaknesses for our gain.
When confronted with unpleasant or tough situations, we need to turn to God to either lead us out or lead us through. If we are loyal to him, patiently wait for his intervention, and do not take matters into our own hands, he will intervene on our behalf, shift things, move or remove people, turn situations around, protect us and promote us. There is nothing that can stand in his way.
I find it intriguing that God is looking to and fro throughout the whole earth to find someone loyal. Are we so disloyal that God must search for us?
He wants to show himself strong on our behalf, all he requires is a heart that longs for his help, a heart that trusts him. He seems eager to find someone, almost desperate. Where are his loyal children who wait on him and seek his strong helping hand?