Undone by Anger by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
UNDONE BY ANGER
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 16:1-14
“Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.” – (2 Chronicles 16:10)
“When I hear of anybody losing his temper” says Charles Spurgeon, “I always pray that he may not find it again. Such tempers are best lost.” If only King Asa had heeded the timely warning of Spurgeon or better still Solomon, he might have ended differently the leadership race he started so well in Judah.
But the northern kingdom of Israel, given to idolatrous practices under the reign of Baasha, wanted to block themovement of people. This act was to hinder economic development and growth in Judah. Asa, instead of trusting in Jehovah, bought the help of the pagan leader, Benhadad king of Syria, against Israel, with the treasures left in the temple and the palace. As a result, Benhadad smote Ijon, Dan and Abelmaim, and the store cities of Naphtali. So Baasha had to cease building Ramah and Asa used the materials to fortify Geba and Mizpeh in Benjamin so as to guard against future invasion.
Hanani, the seer, reproved Asa for seeking help from Benhadad. Asa was angry that Hanani would seek to correct him. Instead of repenting, he put the servant of God in prison and oppressed some of the people. He ended his reign under a spiritual cloud. Diseased in his feet, after a reign of 39 years, “he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.” He started well, but did not continue in his good works.
The Christian faith is a life of continuous trust in God. It is good to start well but more important to continue to please Him in our daily choices. At no time should a believer remove his focus from God to depend on man. And if you are rebuked and corrected because of sin, the right thing to do is to repent; do not to allow anger or pride to undo all the good things God has done in your life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Whatever is done in anger ends in danger.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: