Scripture: 2 Chronicles 25:5 King Amaziah assembled the people of Judah, and set them by ancestral houses under commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He mustered those twenty years old and upward, and found that they were three hundred thousand picked troops fit for war, able to handle spear and shield. 6 He also hired one hundred thousand mighty warriors from Israel for one hundred talents of silver. 7 But a man of God came to him and said, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel—all these Ephraimites. 8 Rather, go by yourself and act; be strong in battle, or God will fling you down before the enemy; for God has power to help or to overthrow.”
Observation: King Amaziah (of the southern kingdom of Judah) enjoyed the favor of God, yet he perceived that having God in his corner was not enough. So he hired 100K warriors from the northern kingdom of Israel to supplement his own warriors. Fortunately, a “man of God” (v.8) talked him out of it. Crisis averted. But Amaziah’s heart still did not trust the Lord – so he would later offend God anyway. He would pay with his life.
Application: Many of you know I’ve recently focused on the practice of Sabbath – which is not an easy thing to do. Culture around me doesn’t support giving a day to God. But my greatest obstacle is myself. Why? Because I’m reluctant to trust God with one of my seven days of the week. So much to do. So many things that (I perceive) require my attention. In my mind I understand God blesses the Sabbath and cares for me better than I can care for myself. But my heart hasn’t yet caught up. I feel like Amaziah as described a few verses before our passage, “2 He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a true heart.”
In other words, Amaziah performed the acts of faithfulness, but his heart was lagging. He worried that God was not enough. I often do the same thing.
Prayer: Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a right spirit within me. Amen.