2 Chronicles 15
Focus Verse: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (7)
Asa was doing the right thing. God sent Azariah to encourage him to continue doing the right thing. If we are wholeheartedly following God, it will not be easy, but God does not want us to give up. He wants us to be strong and take courage. In the end, our good work will be rewarded. What we do for the Lord is not done in vain.
2 Chronicles 16
Focus Verse: 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. (7)
Even though Asa did many good things and followed the Lord most of his life, in his later years, he too forgot the One who had given him success. Instead of relying on God to deliver him from Baasha, he relied on the king of Aram. In verse 12, we read that Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Instead of relying on God to heal him, he only relied on His physicians. It is not enough for us to trust in God one time, we must trust in Him every times. Each morning when we get up, each time we face a decision, every time we find ourselves in trouble, we must choose to rely on God and trust in Him to help us.
2 Corinthians 5
Focus Verse: So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. (16)
As Christians, we should not see Christ or people as we did when we were unbelievers. Our worldview should be in agreement with God’s worldview. Our perspective of Christ should be in agreement with God’s perspective of Christ. He is truly the Son of God, fully divine and fully man, the Savior of the world and the Lord of the universe. Our perspective of people should be in agreement with God’s perspective of people. Every single human being is precious, valuable and uniquely created for a purpose. Every single human being is created in the image of God and to see their face is to see a picture of the Creator Himself. In Christ, we have been made new. Our old mindsets and worldviews are gone, the new is here!