Friday, March 16, 2007

What do you rely on instead of God?

King Asa went to the King of Aram and made a treaty with him, emptying the coffers of Judah to buy his friendship. God then said to Asa, '"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. 8 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. 9 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.""

It gets worse for Asa. He imprisons the prophet who brings him this message, and the oppresses the people. (See 2 Chron. 16).

But the question arises, 'what do you rely on instead of God?'

For me, it's a lot of things. My education for my daily bread. My relationships and hobbies for my happiness. Money for security.

Let's work on cutting out the middle-men.

1 comment:

Ρωμανος ~ Romanós said...

Kenny, we live in the world. Jesus supported himself as a carpenter. Paul made tents for a living. There's no problem there. Let's just remember that the body is more than clothing, and the rest, as Jesus said. Set our hearts on God's Kingdom first. It's really easy. There's no reason to guilt trip ourselves. Just be willing to give your all to everyone whom God puts in your path. If they accept all, then give them all, and all is Christ. But if they cannot accept all, give them what they will accept. Your readiness to lay down your life for your brother can express itself in something as (apparently) trivial as a kind word said without expectation of reciprocation. Our main failing, even in carrying out a commandment, is the desire for recognition from others. All we need is the recognition of Christ, but that's something we have to patiently wait for. Go with God, dear brother, and have a blessed Pascha.