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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

When Detours Come, Don’t Give Up

In review of 2 Chronicles 16:9a it says, “God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him”

Bottom Line:
The Lord keeps watch, and will give strength to those who faithfully obey him.

What this means to me:
God is always on the alert. He will give me strength as I commit and faithfully obey him.

Today's passage comes from the final years of King Asa’s reign as told in 2nd Chronicles 16. King Asa decided to make ill advised alliances because of the pressure oppression he was facing. Hanani the seer came to the king and told him, "because he had put his trust in the king of Aram instead of the Lord, he has missed his chance to destroy Aram's army. In the past Asa had relied on the Lord and his enemy had been handed over. Hanani told him that the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts become fully committed to him. Because Asa was a fool, he reign will be filled with war.

When God gives me a mission, I can be sure that I’ll run into delays, difficulties, detours, and dead ends along the way. They are a natural part of life. But I can be ready for them.

For example, if anybody had a right to be discouraged, it was Noah. It took Noah 120 years to build the ark. I’m not sure I could go 120 years on a project without one word of encouragement from anyone around me.

However, I read that Noah trusted God. And when he heard God’s warning about the future, Noah believed him, even though there was no sign of a flood. I bet there were many days that Noah didn’t feel like going to work, but for 43,800 days, he went to the same place, and he worked. He never gave up.

Likewise I should not give up on any dream he has given me, either. Don’t, don’t, don’t give up. The good news is that God is in control. I haven’t read the final chapter of my life. God’s already written it, but I haven’t read it yet.

Today’s verse says, “God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9 MSG). God is looking for people who are committed to him and his plan so that he can bless them.

I would like to be one of those people, so I won’t give up.  I will keep on being faithful and committed knowing that God will use all things for the good of those who put their trust in him.