Background: The second book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This section tells of King Asa who ruled over Judah and was a good king who trusted in the Lord and the Lord blessed him. However, later in his life when he was attacked by King Baasha, King Asa stopped trusting the Lord and made an alliance with the king of Aram to assist him. That was a disastrous choice. Let’s see why?
Ask the children…
God sent a prophet to King Asa to deliver a harsh message because of King Asa’s disobedience. What was the message?
“At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, ‘Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram.'” (2 Chronicles 16:7 )
Up until this time God had given King Asa peace from his enemies because King Asa had been faithful to God. Now God would remove His blessing of peace and King Asa would have to fight the king of Aram on his own and would not have peace. Who is God looking to bless?
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Ask your children what a heart that is committed to God looks like and acts like? A person who trusts in the Lord for all their needs and will do whatever God asks. Ask them where God is asking them to trust Him? Encourage them to pray to tell God out loud that they are going to trust God in this situation and believe God will bless them with His victory.
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