This morning, we had breakfast for men at our church. We call our quarterly gathering of men Daniel’s Men because of the story of Daniel in the Old Testament. Daniel was a man of purpose, prayer, and partners. When we meet, we share a word that will help men in one of these areas. I shared this morning with our men what I consider to be “my life’s message.” I hope you can benefit from this message as well.
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (New International Version)
We read King Asa’s story in 2 Chronicles 14-16. Like so many, King Asa started well, but he did not finish well. In the early part of his reign, King Asa was devoted to God, and as a result, enjoyed the blessing of God. However, Asa began to rely on his own strength, rejected God’s instruction, and even refused God’s help.
Though we will never know exactly what caused Asa’s spiritual demise, we must conclude that his heart was not fully committed to God. His story serves as a warning to us that our devotion to God in the past does not guarantee our devotion today. Furthermore, our devotion to God today does not guarantee our devotion to Him in the future.
Asa’s story prompts us to ask a serious question about our heart. Here’s the question. Is there anything in my life that does not right now belong to God? That is the question we must ask if we are going to continue to be completely surrendered to God.
At the end of WWII, Germany was surrounded by the Allied Forces. A few days after Hitler’s suicide, the Germans surrendered to the Allies. The actual wording of the surrender document contains these words: “The German Command agrees for all German forces to lay down their arms and to surrender unconditionally.” Furthermore, the Germans agreed to “carry out at once, and without argument or comment, all further orders that will be issued by the Allied Powers on any subject.” Are you willing to say that to God?