Good Men or Godly Men?
The Story of Asa
My heart was first drawn to the story found in 2 Chronicles of Judah’s King Asa. Scriptures record that when Asa came to the throne, He did “what was ‘good & right’ in the sight of the Lord & removed all the pagan altar & the high places. Furthermore, he shattered the pillars and sawed up the poles which were worshiped.
He influenced His people of Judah to seek God for all things. When the 1m+ man army of Ethiopia made war against him, he sought God’s help first and God gave him victory against incredible odds. This put fear in the other Kings & gave peace to Asa. Yet, this isn’t the end of the story.
Some 30+ years later when the King of Israel attacked Judah, Asa went to another King, and not God, for help. While they won the victory, Asa lost the blessing of God. You and I may think that this is ‘no big deal’ because they won. But it was a big deal with God and it remains one.
God sent Hanani to Asa with a message of confrontation about His actions. The summary statement is found in 2 Chronicles 16:9,
“For the eyes of the Lord run (to and fro) throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are COMPLETELY His.”
Men, based on this reading of God’s word it does not appear that God is just looking for ‘good men’. He is searching, seeking, and in quest those men whose hearts are COMPLETELY His.
Becoming one of these men is not for the faint of heart or those with a half-hearted, lack luster loyalty, it required courage & commitment. His eye are still running to and fro looking for such men.