SUMMARY: Under pressure
OVERVIEW: King Ahaz did not do what was right in God’s eyes. The more trouble he got in, the more he looked for creative ways to solve his problems. He never sought the Lord.
BIG IDEA: Stop trying to solve your problems and turn to God.
KEY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 28:22–23 (Ahaz’s disobedience)
Even during this time of trouble, King Ahaz continued to reject the Lord. He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus who had defeated him, for he said, “Since these gods helped the kings of Aram, they will help me, too, if I sacrifice to them.” But instead, they led to his ruin and the ruin of all Judah.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Life has its challenges, and sometimes all you can do is trust me and persevere. Remember, this world is not your final home. There will be a day when peace prevails, and I eradicate sin, but until then, obey me. Follow me and find success. It’s that simple. Too many people complicate things and put the weight of responsibility on their shoulders. You don’t have to carry that. Give me your troubles and follow me.
Ahaz had a godly heritage, but he was his own man. He did things the way he wanted—despite the instruction from his father and the prophets—and he suffered the consequences as a result. He even encouraged people to sin and to be unfaithful to me. It seems so obvious now, doesn’t it, that the enemy deceived them? Ahaz was spiritually blind because even during his time of trouble, he continued to reject me. Learn from his mistakes and choose to follow me today and every day.
Do you have a stubborn and rebellious side? (Be honest!) If so, look for the first opportunity today to submit to and obey God, even if it’s challenging. Ask God to give you a heart of obedience.