Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16
Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18
Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God.
I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in things other than God. We can rationalize our way through life that we can depend on our own resources or wisdom rather than the help of the Lord.
Who is God?
He breathed the stars into existence; He brought great judgement on the earth in the flood while saving his people; He confused the tongues at the Tower of Babel; He conquered powerful nations; He sent down fire from heaven; and so on.
All of His promises were kept. The promise of a deliverer to Adam and Eve was kept in the coming of Jesus.
We have experiences of God’s power in our own lives and in church history.
It’s when I start depending on God’s greatness that my trust moves from my head to my heart. God’s power isn’t in question— it’s only my faith.
It is a scary thought that even a mature Christian can begin to diminish his faith. Symptoms can include loss of spiritual awareness, loss of care for the lost, love for the things of the world, and discomfort around those with a vibrant faith.
A lack of faith is truly a limiting factor for God’s power. He wishes to show Himself strong. Don’t put God in a box! He is in the business of expanding our hearts and getting us out of our own boxes.
God works to increase our faith in many ways. Sometimes He uses times of testing. Sometimes He just surprises us! Sometimes He uses testimonies.