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26 March 2023 AM – 2 Chronicles 16:9 – Trials – Scott Childs
Introduction: Asa, the king of Judah, was the great-grandson of Solomon “Asa did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, as did David his father.” [See Chart] He removed the idols his fathers had made, 1Ki 15:11. He removed Maachah, his mother, from being queen because she worshipped idols. When millions of Ethiopian troops invaded the land, he cried to the Lord for help. The Lord fought for him, and smote the enemy. The Prophet Azariah counselled him not to forsake the Lord, and the king and his people entering into a covenant to seek the Lord. Later, Baasha, king of Israel began to build Ramah, a fortified city only a few kilometres from Jerusalem. Instead of depending on the Lord as he had done when the Ethiopians invaded, Asa hired the help of Benhadad king of Syria. This lack of trust in the Lord cost him dearly. Read 2 Chronicles 16:7-9.
Many times in life, we face troubles, obstacles, and decisions that greatly trouble us. We may feel fearful or overwhelmed. If we are not walking close to the Lord, we may make foolish choices, as Asa did.
Transition: In verse 9, we find three reasons that we too ought to rely on the Lord in times of trouble.
We ought to rely on the Lord in times of trouble because…
God has Shown Himself Strong in the Past