March 23, 2018: The Only Place of Help

2 Chronicles 28:20-23 (NIV)
20  Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came to him, but he gave him trouble instead of help.
21  Ahaz took some of the things from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace and from the princes and presented them to the king of Assyria, but that did not help him.
22  In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD.
23  He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.

 

Ahaz tried to find help outside of God and he soon discovered there is no help but in the Lord.  He turned to Assyria because Assyria was the most powerful nation at that time but we they brought only trouble. Ahaz attempted to buy protection from Assyria with the temple vessels but they did not help him.

Ahaz was what we could call a very slow learner, actually, we could say he never learned, so he was not a slow learner, he was a no learner.  When things went from bad to worse he could have repented and turned back to the Lord but he refused.  Instead, he went off looking for anything or anyone who could save him from his plight but he only ran into more trouble.

Not one to give up easily he saw that Assria and her king were unable to deliver so, he thought to himself, which is not a great idea, that possibly the gods of Damascus could help him, so he offered sacrifices to them as well but only found more confusion and hardship.  They eventually led to his complete downfall.

You might be tempted to criticize King Ahaz but take a look at your own life.  How often do you turn to other things besides the Lord? Let us not be like Ahaz, let us return to the Lord for he will abundantly pardon and restore.

Forgive me for being too much like Ahaz,

 

Pastor Phil

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